The NBA is currently engaging what could best be described as a B-Side plotline to Goosebumps, an early episode of the X-Files (but maybe just after it found its comedic rhythm), or really any episode of a generic “Monster of the Week”-type show. Many moons ago, the Mavs were, shall we say, creatively prevented from taking certain key victories in a particular NBA Finals series. Curses and hexes galore were heaved at the NBA officiating crews on said games, and one message board comment concerning the job status of all NBA referees must have been taken a bit too seriously by a genie, a witch, or an enchanted urn. The whole cache of NBA refs has been cleared out, with unionized labor as the mechanism to fulfill the task that could only have been the product of black magic.
This is about the time where I should be saying (cue fog machine): “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.”
But I’m not.
Seriously, I’m not.
Matt Moore makes a bagful of cogent points on the topic, among them the advantages of having D-League refs compared to those unfamiliar with the pro game. It’s definitely worth reading, and the early reviews on the replacement refs seem to confirm Moore’s position. The moral of the story: the dark arts bear little in the way of negative impacts, even if they do suck the jobs of a certain job subset into a black hole. But as far as the effects on the NBA game, I’d expect relatively smooth sailing despite the forecasted monsoon.