While it’s becoming clearer and clearer that a certain professional sports league should overhaul its system for hiring, training, and evaluating its on-court and in-office officials, NBA star Draymond Green suggests something much more drastic to improve the quality of refereeing in his league: replace the refs. Every single one of them.
Here’s what the Golden State Warriors star thinks has happened—and what needs to be done—to NBA officiating, as told to reporter Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
“It’s bad,” Green told The Athletic. “It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.”
Green has grown so frustrated with the situation that, when asked for a possible solution, he threw out a radical idea.
“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”
Draymond Green has 11 technicals on the season, the most in the NBA. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year suggested some officials have something against him.
“A lot of it is personal,” he said. “When you give someone so much authority and they make it me against you, you can’t overcome that.”