The News Tribune
: A day later, and the Seattle SuperSonics still were seething about the officiating in their loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night in Oakland.
Sonics coach Nate McMillan said he plans to call Stu Jackson, the league's vice president of operations, today to formally lodge a complaint about referees Ron Olesiak, Scott Foster and Pat Fraher, the trio that fouled both Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis out of the game.
"I edited that tape and wrote down some numbers that I think he should take a look at," McMillan said. "The way that game was officiated last night, with two of our main guys out of that game, that deserves a (phone) call.
"The one thing is that Ray Allen is being guarded a certain way by teams. They are very physical with him. And it's not so much that my players need to be looked at differently, the league needs to be looked at. Defenses are allowed to grab and hold. All of that is happening."
Allen fouled out of the game on a questionable call with four minutes remaining. Lewis fouled out 30 seconds later. Allen said he, too, will call Jackson today.
"Stu is the head of the USA Basketball committee, I have been around Stu a lot of times with the Olympic team," Allen said. "I will call him. I'm not one to harp on bad calls ... but when you affect the game to the point where we (Allen and Lewis) get kicked out of the game, that warrants a phone call.
"We cried when we were in Milwaukee that we didn't get any respect. In fact, a lot of teams do that. But we have to file some type of grievance to let them know."