Scottie Pippen does not want to see the officials who took charge of the recent thriller between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets working during the NBA Playoffs.
The former Chicago Bulls star was extremely disappointed over Kevin Durant getting away with a blatant violation in which he took several steps out of bounds. And he has called for the referees who officiated the match to be banned from officiating in the postseason.
Pippen, a regular guest on ESPN's The Jump, accused the referee of being a Warriors fan as there was simply no other explanation for how Durant was allowed to do what he did.
The NBA makes it official, releasing L2M report confirming KD was "out of bounds when he made contact with the ball" late in the Warriors' OT loss to the Rockets. @ScottiePippen has much stronger words on the subject: he thinks the refs involved should be banned from the playoffs pic.twitter.com/2fgRrnwxVT— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 4, 2019
"I'm not okay with this play because I think the officials should be held accountable for this," he declared. "I mean, you can't reward these officials and see them in the playoffs; I don't wanna see them in the playoffs because your mindset is not on your job. You must be a fan of the Warriors.
"If you're not watching KD take four steps out of bounds, you must be a fan of the Golden State Warriors. If you turned your head on that play..."
Pippen also suggested that someone from the Rockets should have swatted the Steph Curry shot that gave the Warriors the lead following Durant's play.
"As a player out on the basketball court, if you see this, you wanna go goaltend this shot," he said. "Like, you didn't see that?"
"It really is unbelievable," he added.
ICYMI: The refs missed Kevin Durant stepping out of bounds, which helped give the Warriors a lead with 30 seconds left in OT last night 👀 pic.twitter.com/7Kpu8AjHmV— ESPN (@espn) January 4, 2019
What This Means
Scottie isn't wrong in asking for the officiating team to be banned from the playoffs. While the violation didn't ultimately cost the Rockets the match, thanks to James Harden's buzzer-beating triple, the NBA simply cannot afford to let this pass by.
This is not the sort of refereeing you want when games really matter and there's really no excuse for allowing such a play to unfold so glaringly, even during the regular season.