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Portland’s Lillard More Vocal with Refs
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 6, 2013 @ 8:17 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Kobe basically smacked Damian Lillard upside the head. Still, Lillard, who was probably seeing two baskets at that time, attempted a shot that would have pulled the Trail Blazers within one point in the closing seconds of the game. OK, now check out the video carefully. You’re not looking for the obvious foul, you’re watching for Lillard’s reaction. Lillard did not seek out or complain to the three referees. He didn’t even flash the stink eye at them to non-verbally communicate, “Where’s the foul!?”
That was February. If the same thing happens now, Lillard will not go quietly into the locker room. He will talk – sometimes demonstratively – with officials. It’s one of the many NBA lessons that Lillard has slowly learned during his rookie campaign: he who protests, gets the calls.
“I feel like I have to ask questions now,” Lillard said about communicating with officials. “It was a point when I was like, I’m not going to say nothing at all but you get to a certain point when you’ve got to communicate with them. With me, sometimes I might get frustrated behind something and I’ll go and ask them like what’s the difference between this play and that play. Sometimes it’s just me approaching them, wondering what the other team can and what they can’t do. So, I’ll know if I’m fouled or if they missed a call, I know that I’m right when I approach them about it. Maybe I’ll get a call at the end of the game or something.”
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