After Kevin Durant blew a big lead and the Warriors lost a Christmas day classic in Cleveland, the NBA admitted the next day that the referees made two mistakes in the Cavaliers’ favor in the final two minutes.
When the subject was brought up to Kevin Durant, the Golden State superstar didn’t pile on the referees but instead lambasted the NBA for their policy of making public officiating mistakes after-the-fact. The purpose is to hold officials publicly accountable, but Durant made clear that he’s not a fan:
“Our refs don’t deserve that, and they’re trying their hardest to get the plays right, and you look at a play in slow motion and say it’s wrong. I think it’s bulls**t that they do that. That’s full of s**t that you throw the refs under the bus like that after the game like it matters. Game’s over, we moving on.”
KD made some strong points and the NBA really should consider getting rid of these reports. While I understand the goal is to hold the referees accountable for their actions in the post-Donaghy era, all these reports do is undermine the officials’ credibility. While the referees knowing if they made mistakes could help them in the future, there’s just no reason to make the reports public.
Plus, since the result doesn’t change, these simultaneously both cheapen a win and make a loss sting more, so nobody really benefits.
And if you’re going to argue with me that the positives outweigh the negatives, then let me come to your job one day and then the next day publicly shit on you for every mistake you made. I’m guessing you wouldn’t like it either.