NBA / Mar 31, 2011 / 11:00 am

It Appears NBA Refs Hate Nenad Krstic In Boston

Nenad Krstic

Nenad Krstic

Even the late Rodney Dangerfield would have agreed that after arriving in Boston, Nenad Krstic has received no respect from NBA referees. If you look at the numbers, he’s being called for 3.7 fouls per game since his arrival, while he averaged only 2.3 an outing in Oklahoma City. But after six years in the League, you’d think he’d earn himself some clout. Watch the following play from Monday night’s game in Indiana to see what Krstic means when he says the refs are making him feel like a rookie again:

“I don’t know if it’s a foul or not, but definitely on the other end, he jumped on my back,” Krstic said. “I couldn’t catch the ball because he was on my back.”

As you can see, clearly A.J. Price mauls him and even raises his hand for the foul, so you can understand why Krstic would be puzzled with the outcome of this play. Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe caught up with him after the game to get his thoughts:

“I’m back in my rookie year,” Krstic said. “When I was a rookie I didn’t get many calls. So I feel like the same thing right now. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m playing with great players. I don’t know. I really don’t have an explanation.

“Those couple minutes, you’re frustrated, but then you try to forget about it. It affects you, especially this situation for me when Coach is stressing for me to do everything right and just to relax and play, then you don’t get calls. It’s tough.

“You can’t control it. You can’t get frustrated, but those things I can get a technical called for arguing with the referees. It’s tough.”

We just wish Tommy Heinsohn was there to see this…

What do you think?

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  • http://dimemag.com Sean Sweeney

    Tommy would’ve started throwing chairs

  • yoda

    no doubt about it, that was foul. true, krstic made a foul on other side too. krstic was playing really well in nets, before he broke his leg. after that he is ok, but somehow i think he could’ve been better by now

  • http://www.dimemag.com panchitoooo

    looks like kristic clearly bobbled the ball then lost it once he pivoted. so when the so called foul occurred he didnt even have control of the ball and the guy jumping on his back had nothing to do with him losing the ball out of bounce. i say good no call, get these guys prepared for the playoffs

  • JC

    Possession of the ball isn’t required to deem a play a foul. Guys get fouled away from the ball all the time. This issue here is excessive contact. It’s a loose ball foul, or a foul on the floor, no shot, whatever, but it is a foul.

  • nizzio

    The second foul was kinda obvious, but the first one was really dumb

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    A.) Price fouled him
    B.) BIG props to Krstic for his professionalism in game, in not just whining or yelling about the foul
    C.) I don’t like the Celtics, but Doc’s reactions were priceless
    D.) Def fouled Foster at the other end