THIS WEEK, the list includes: Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, Charlotte Bobcats head man Larry Brown and Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Harris. Geez. IF COACHES ARE GONNA FINED FOR CRITICIZING OFFICIALS, PEOPLE LIKE AI WOULD BE FINED EVERY WEEK OR EVEN EVERY GAME.
So, it's acceptable for coaches to criticize officials is it?
By criticizing officials it undermines their authority. In professional sports where gamesmanship is rife, and officials have a hard time arriving at the correct decisions, being critical of those decisions is counter productive.
Frequently, referees /officials are blamed by coaches for their team when they play below par. Scapegoating officials serves no constructive purpose whatsoever.
An official is a neutral arbiter who ensures fair play and administers rules.
If an official makes a mistake it will be an honest mistake. You cannot have coaches screaming at an official because he's made an honest mistake. It reflects badly on the coach and potentially brings the game into disrepute.
If an official continues to make 'honest mistakes' he will be removed from officiating, or relegated to a lower level until he can demonstrate more accurate decision making at critical plays.