Game 6 referee once tossed Rivers

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Game 6 referee once tossed Rivers

Doc Rivers has a checkered history with one of the referees working tonight's Game 6. In 2009, Bill Kennedy tossed Doc Rivers from a game against the Bulls. Both men were fined for the incident -- Rivers was docked 25,000.

At the time, Rivers said: "The technical on which I got thrown out was the most unprofessional technical by a ref I've ever had. He stood there and goaded me and goaded me and stared at me. Look at the film. I actually walked away. He asked me, 'Where do you want the ball?' And I said, 'Ask them,' talking about my players. That's my right to say that, and he walked away... He stood there and stared me down and stared me down and goaded me until I turned around and said, 'What?' That's when I got thrown out of the game. In a 5-point game? Think about that."

In all likelihood, the relationship between Rivers and Kennedy will have very little impact on tonight's game, but it's worth mentioning that they may not like each other -- especially if you have subscribed to the theory that all NBA referees are dirty ever since the Tim Donaghy scandal came to light.

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

When was the last time you saw any labor contract — not just the NBA, not just pro sports, but in any business — get done before either side could opt-out, let alone the actual deadline?

That’s what happened with the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The teams had until Dec. 15 of last year to opt out, with the real deadline for a new deal being July 1 of this year. Yet the two sides reached a deal before either side even opted out.

Thursday the NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association announced that the new CBA had been signed. It’s a seven-year deal that kicks in July 1.

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