Hornets coach Monty Williams says he put in calls to NBA
headquarters to ask why game officials were allowing Lakers’ big
men to stand in the paint under the New Orleans basket for more
than 3 seconds and aggressively bump defenders out of the way.
Williams says he has spoken to NBA Vice President Stu Jackson in
particular about the way Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum slammed
his shoulder into Emeka Okafor’s chest to gain position for easy
dunks in Game 3.
Williams says league officials were ”gracious” and agreed with
some of his criticism.
However, Williams also stresses that the officiating was by no
means the reason for Hornets losses in Games 2 and 3 of the
first-round series. He chalks that up to turnovers and poor