Carmelo is at his breaking point with officials.
Russell Westbrook was ejected from Monday’s game against the Kings after the refs gave him two quick technical fouls. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t happy with how his teammate was treated and he spoke out against officials to ESPN following the 95-88 win.
“I’m done with them,” Anthony said. “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with those guys.”
The former Knicks forward has been vocal about his issues with NBA officiating in recent weeks.
Last week he told ESPN that refs have been too quick to call technical fouls and that there’s less of a dialogue between officials and players.
“The game has changed a lot since I came in 15 years ago, the players and the officials had that dialogue, whether it was good or whether it was bad, there was always a point where they would let you get a little steam off, and then would come to you and say that’s enough, let’s move on,” Anthony said.
“And now, the trigger is too quick. You look at somebody wrong, you get a technical foul. You say one wrong thing, you get a technical foul. So I think that’s the difference from when I came in, the dialogue and communication and the relationship the players and officials [had] when I first came in and from now is a lot different.”
Thunder coach Billy Donovan also had his player’s back following the game.
When asked if Westbrook should have more situational awareness when it comes to picking up technical fouls, Donovan told ESPN it was the official who made a mistake and he acknowledged it.
“I was yelling to the other official across the floor to get his attention and the guy just T’d me up. And he came by and apologized to me, so I definitely didn’t deserve a T. I know when I deserve one. I didn’t get a full glimpse to see what Russell did at that moment, so I’m not going to comment for him, but I know what happened with me and that was really, really unfortunate and [the official] even acknowledged that,” Donovan said.
“I was yelling to the other official and he had every opportunity to say, ‘Billy, wait a second, we’ll get to you,’ but he just turned and T’d me up. I’ve been doing this long enough, I know when I’m getting close to a T, or when I deserve a T — that was totally undeserved and should not have been called.”
Westbrook avoided the media following his ejection Monday, leaving the locker room before it was open to the media, ESPN reports.
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