"Joey Crawford, one of the best referees in the league."
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"I am satisfied that Joey understands the standards of game management and professionalism the NBA expects from him and that he will be able to conduct himself in accordance with those standards"
That quote, from one D. Stern, explains everything you need to know on the NBA and how it views its own refs...the exact opposite of the rest of the world.
Must the announcers say shit like that to make sure the league doesn't send terse memos to the networks? Yes, ignore the fact this man just called a foul that no one can figure out why or explain, AGAIN...he's "one of the best" so we'll just have to trust him. Phil is right - the "guys with the whistles" have more control over who wins and fails than anything else.