Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy asserts that 2002 Kings, 2006 Mavs ‘should have rings’ if not for the officiating
Former NBA official Tim Donaghy is back in the news again, reasserting that the NBA ordered officials to favor certain teams during the 2002 Western Conference Finals and 2006 NBA Finals.
Donaghy resigned as an official in 2007 after it was alleged that he was betting on games that he refereed. Two years later, Donaghy released a book entitled Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA in which he alleged that the NBA wanted the Los Angeles Lakers to defeat the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 WCF and also preferred the Miami Heat to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 Finals.
Despite numerous investigations into the league’s officiating program coming up empty and former NBA Commissioner David Stern repeatedly bashing Donaghy in public appearances, the former referee is sticking by his word (via Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News):
I’m sure you know that this movie coming out, while not directly or indirectly mentioning the Mavericks, will bring back, I think for fans around here, memories about the 2006 finals because you are on record a few years ago as saying the Mavs got screwed out of that championship.
Donaghy: Oh, and I’ll say it again: There’s no doubt in my mind that the Mavericks should have a ring from 2006. And the Sacramento Kings should have a ring from 2002. And if it wasn’t because of the officiating and the officials on the floor for certain games and the supervisor of officials back in 2006, I think they would have a ring and they should have a ring.
Donaghy references an upcoming documentary entitled Inside the Game, which takes a look at the scandalous nature of sports betting in the mid-2000s. The documentary will be released on Nov. 1.
Just do not tell Mavs and Kings fans.