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Tuesday, April 17th 2007

Stern Previously "Incensed" With Crawford


You Should Go Ask David Stern If He Needed
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A new San Antonio Express News article gives up a few more details about what happened Sunday with Crawford and Duncan. Duncan has apparently been interviewed by the NBA front office over the incident. As well there is confirmation that,

Crawford…could be heard telling Popovich he thought Duncan was mocking the officials by laughing. When Popovich told Crawford that sounded like a personal complaint, Crawford gestured to the other two members of the officiating crew and said, “It is. It’s personal to all three of us.”

The article rehashes previous outrage Commissioner Stern has had over things Crawford has done. Including another game involving the Spurs,

After Crawford hit Dallas with four technical fouls, including the ejection of then-coach Don Nelson, in the first quarter of Game 2 of the 2003 Western Conference finals against the Spurs, Stern summoned him to New York for a meeting.

Officials with knowledge of the meeting said Stern was incensed about Crawford’s quick trigger and described the commissioner’s rant against the veteran referee as “an all-timer.” The NBA usually doesn’t announce any reprimands of its referees, and league officials wouldn’t comment on the possibility of Crawford being suspended.

Let us hope Stern gave one of those rants after watching Sunday’s Mavs – Spurs game as well. David Stern is taking questions very soon from fans on ESPN. Maybe we’ll get a better sense of what is coming after that chat.

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