There's a growing belief around old-school basketball fans that states that young players are more spoiled nowadays.
The referees often make questionable calls but even when a foul - or a no-call - is as clear as day, the players often get on the officials' faces to try and force them to change their minds.
Well, that's not going to happen for the Boston Celtics anymore. At least, not under Ime Udoka's watch.
According to the coach, he told his payers that he just doesn't want them "b*tching" at the referees. Instead, he's going to do all complaining for them and they'd have to focus on one thing and one thing only: Playing.
"Let me b*tсh at the refs. You guys play through plays and move on to the next thing and let me be the guy who complains to the ref. That's not the team we want to be and that's not who I am. I don't want the team to start сrying about every call," the Celtics' new coach said, according to Gary Washburn.
That's a nice thing to hear about a coach, especially as we can vaticinate plenty of complaints going towards the referees next season with the new emphasis on no-calls and offensive fouls.
Then again, Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes that this new rule will actually be good for the league:
“The game needs it,” Kerr said. “I say the same thing all the time. If we’re making calls in the NBA that would literally start fights in a pickup game because they’re so egregious and non-basketball-related — in other words, if I come off a screen in a pickup game and literally hook your arm, flail my arms and then go up for a shot and call a foul, a fight is going to ensue. My whole thing is if we’re making those calls in the NBA, the greatest league in the world, when we couldn’t get through a pickup game, then we’re doing something wrong.”
Hopefully, the referees will get it together and this will be for the best. At the end of the day, all we want to do is enjoy some good basketball and not a never-ending back-and-forth between the refs and the players.