NBA VP Makes Bold Claim On Polarizing Player-Ref Relationships

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NBA VP Makes Bold Claim On Polarizing Player-Ref Relationships
NBA VP Makes Bold Claim On Polarizing Player-Ref Relationships

The relationship between NBA players and game officials was as poor as it has been in the last few decades, going from constant banter and disagreements over calls to a downright hostile interaction — a them against us type of relationship. The league has recently seen plenty of veteran officials hang them up for good, leaving a new batch of new referees coming into the league, unknown to new and veteran players — which has resulted in added tension between the two sides. NBA vice president and head of referee operations Michelle Johnson, a former Air Force basketball player, noted the tug-and-pull between players and officials wasn't as bad as the eyes of the media let on. “Really, the tension

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