Hornets coach talks to NBA about officiating

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

rebounding.