posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 06:08 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- NBA Commissioner David Stern insisted Wednesday that players and coaches must adapt to tighter officiating this season or more
players will foul out.
Stern said teams that expect officials to eventually slack off on league directives regarding defense are mistaken.
"If that's the way we're going to do it, then we will have a lot of 3½-hour games, and a lot of players fouling out," said Stern, in Memphis for the
opening of the Grizzlies new FedExForum. "And it's not going to be the referees' fault. Ever. It will be the coaches and the players. Do I make myself
Stern said he is hearing complaints about tougher officiating, more players in foul trouble and games going over three hours.
Stern's visit was part of his opening-week tour of some NBA cities. He was in Detroit Tuesday night to present the Pistons with their championship
He was scheduled to be in Charlotte on Thursday to attend the expansion Bobcats' first game when they host the Washington Wizards.