Shaq, Chris Webber discuss NBA referees and how to deal with them

shaq-webber-handsBeing a referee in the NBA is not an easy job. When you’re working at this level, it gets even tougher.

Former NBA stars Chris Webber and Shaquille O’Neal discussed the subject on Inside the NBA, bringing up their opinions on the topic.

“Any first-year referee has to learn not to be sensitive,” Webber said. “We’ve all had refs that we would say to ‘why are you so sensitive’, since the game is not about them.”

“Nobody is coming to see a zebra referee, just let us have fun,” Webber continued. Former Sacramento Kings star did say however that a totally different matter is when a player embarrasses a referee.

“But then again, all first-year referees are too sensitive, no matter who they are,” he said.

Webber, a 5-time NBA All-Star, played for Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets (Wizards), Sacramento Kings, Philadephia 76sers and Detroit Pistons during his NBA career. He led the NBA in rebounds per game in 1998-99 with a 13.0 rpg and averaged career-high 27.1 ppg for the Kings in 2000-01. Webber played a total of 831 NBA games (827 started), averaging 20.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 37.1 mpg.

Meanwhile, Shaquille O’Neal said in turn that no need to blame referees for technical fouls if the team is playing bad.

“If your team loses, do not blame referees for it,” O’Neal said. “I played for two excellent coaches and they always told me – don’t say nothing to the refs.”

“If you become famous for whining to the refs all the time, they’re not going to show you any respect anyway,” O’Neal said. “So leave them alone, don’t even talk to them.”

O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action. He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA.


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