If President Bush is saddened by his approval ratings, then he can always console himself by taking a gander at Congress’ approval ratings. Congress? Well, they can always thank the higher powers that they’re not NBA referees.
You’ve got Tim Donaghy’s sins and desperate allegations, you’ve got the whiff of racial bias, and you’ve got the notion that officiating in the Association is at once as random as lightning and in the service of desired outcomes. This isn’t lost on David Stern, and perhaps that’s why he’s brought in a retired two-star general to oversee and remake the NBA’s beleaguered officials. If nothing else, such a move will give the appearance of regimentation and order, and that’s precisely what the NBA needs.