LOS ANGELES -- Actor Jack Nicholson stepped onto the Staples Center court and screamed at a referee during Friday night's Western Conference playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.
Jack Nicholson yells at a referee during the second quarter of Saturday's game.
Nicholson reacted shortly after Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal was called for his third foul in the second quarter, yelling at Mark Wunderlich during a break in the action.
"I pay a lot of money for this seat,'' Nicholson said at halftime. "This is the NBA, you can't tell me to sit down.''
Nicholson said nobody from security spoke with him, and he was back at his courtside seat as the second half began.
"Give me five, Jack,'' actress Dyan Cannon told Nicholson. "Thank you. He needed that.''
Nicholson and Cannon are two of the Lakers' most visible fans.
Public address announcer Lawrence Tantor said that Ron Garretson, another official, came to the scorer's table and told the stat crew to get security ready if anything more happened.
Steve Javie, the third official, refused comment shortly before the start of the second half.
There was a brief meeting of NBA security personnel at halftime. Bernard Tolbert, one of those involved, refused comment.
Snakell Beast wrote:I just loved...LOVED what he did last night. It was like he was an extention of me last night. I would have been doing the same thing. The refs had just given Shaq his third foul (on that [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] call where Jax jumped into him) two of which were ticky tack and Mr. Nicholson reacted the way I would have...by getting up and accosting the refs for their blatant disregard for fair and unbiased refereeing. Did you guys see that stretch where we got about 5 ticky tack fouls in a row and the team kept their cool and let their PLAY respond to the refs instead of their mouths. We need to continue to run the offense properly, continue to use the unfair refs as a motivator and continue to reward Shaq for his effort. He needs to continue to go high post because the back door capabilies for Devean and Kobe are amazing. We finally figured out how to beat the Spurs...now we have a style to which Phil can revert if the Spurs refuse to double Kobe or Shaq. We now only need to play our best and I think we have a shot (still smaller than I would like) to win this series. I know it is a fairly small shot (only 7 teams before us have come back from 0-2) but we might just pull it off and imagine if Webber's absence means an LA Dallas WCF...What a remedie..huh?
Kobe_One_Kenobi_8 wrote:I thought that there is something in our country of ours called FREE SPEECH.
OUR COUNTRY IS BUILT IN THE NOTION OF FREEDOM IN EXPRESSION AND THIS STUPID REFEREE TRIED TO REMOVE HIM.
I DON'T CARE IF THE STAPLES CENTER AND THE NBA IS A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.
FREE SPEECH IS FREE SPEECH.
AND JACK CAN SAY ANYTHING HE WANTS!!!!!
Kobe_One_Kenobi_8 wrote:Why is Javie even officiating in the playoffs???
The Lakers have a bad history with that biased referee.
He is the same referee that took away Kobe's three pointer to win the game in the regular season home game vs. the Pacers. That was the same game where Horry made the game winning shot afterwards. I know because I was in Staples that night, and Javie was calling so many stupid calls. At some point in the game, it was blatant that he has something against the Lakers.
This guy is a disgrace and should be banned from any further games.
Hey Javie, just go away asswipe!!!!!!!
Briguy112184 wrote:Guys, seroiously, lets top complaining about the refs...i agree, it isnt always the best refereeing for the Lakers, but some calls also go the Lakers way. i dont want this series to be decided by the refs either, but if the Lakers play like they can, the refs wont even matter, we will win by double digits. lets just let jack do the talking for the rest of us. fo sho
Reddy wrote:and the officails are tight when shaq catches it
they watch every move!
so watch ur elbow shaq!