Lakers send tape regarding officials' substitution ruling in Game 1 loss to Dallas
Usually he carries his gripes about officiating to the media, but this time Lakers Coach Phil Jackson addressed those matters by sending tape to the league office.
Jackson expressed frustration after Tuesday's practice about not being able to make a substitution change in the Lakers' 96-94 Game 1 loss Monday to Dallas with 20.3 seconds remaining. With the Lakers leading, 94-93, and Dallas having called timeout, Jackson subbed in Andrew Bynum for Lamar Odom, but immediately wanted to send in Steve Blake for Odom instead after seeing the Mavericks were going with a lineup that featured a smaller unit, with Peja Stojakovic replacing Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea subbing in for Shawn Marion. The officiating crew, according to Jackson, said he wasn't allowed to make the change.
"The decision at the end of the game where we couldn't put a substitute in, I think was misplaced," Jackson said. "That was something that changed the complexity of the last play. I've never had that happen to me in a ballgame before. . . . In a dead-ball situation, someone can be substituted in or out. He doesn't have to be in there for a play."
Jackson argued the lack of substitution helped change the course of the game because Bynum guarded Mavericks guard Jason Kidd on the inbounds play and tipped his pass, which prompted Lakers forward Pau Gasol to go for a steal and accidentally foul Dirk Nowitzki. His two free throws gave the Mavericks the lead for good with 19.5 seconds remaining.
It's a rare change of pace for Jackson to be tactful in his criticisms, considering he's drawn $245,000 worth of fines since May 2009, including a $75,000 hit to both Jackson and the Lakers for acknowledging last month that a potential lockout factored into his decision to retire from coaching after this season.
"If there was something that was egregious and I felt like Kidd was laying all over the top of Kobe [Bryant] and all that kind of stuff, coaches do that, try and gain that kind of thing. I don't see it," Jackson said. "I don't see anything happening in that ballgame that has to be brought to the attention [of the media] and that's not how they want us to do it anymore. They want us to send in tape and incidents to show that."
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