Ref investigation only adds to bad perception of NBA

Originally Published: July 19, 2007
By J.A. Adande | Special to ESPN.com

The worst news for the NBA was not on the cover of Friday's New York Post, where the words "Fixed!" and "NBA Ref" and "Mob Betting Scandal" jumped off the page in typical Post apocalyptic font size. The worst news was in your head. It was the question you asked.

Not, "Is this possible?"

More like, "Which ref was it?"

If any fan base is predisposed to believing games could be fixed, that an official with dubious motives could manipulate the outcome, it's the NBA's. There have ...

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