In Allen Iverson's days as a Denver Nugget, there were numerous games when he'd fly through the lane, throw up an awkward prayer and helplessly harp on the officials about a foul that wasn't called.
At least one of those times, Iverson was absolutely right.
Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy admitted on "60 Minutes" Sunday that one game he bet on was the Nuggets' loss to Utah on Jan. 7, 2007. Donaghy, who spent time in prison for gambling on NBA games, pointed out that on Jan. 6 that season, Iverson was fined $25,000 for harsh comments about another official, Steve Javie.
"I knew that the other two referees and I sought out to do a little justice of our own," said Donaghy, who told "60 Minutes" that he and officials Bernie Fryer and Gary Zielinski were going to teach Iverson a lesson. "In the pregame meetings, we came to the conclusion that we were not going to give Allen Iverson any marginal plays for the basket."
There was one instance against Utah where Iverson was blatantly fouled and Donaghy didn't blow his whistle. That night, Iverson was 11-for-12 from the line and attempted more free throws than any other player. Denver shot 31 free throws, compared to 17 for the Jazz. Denver lost, 96-84, and Donaghy won his bet.
Asked Monday about that game, in which Carmelo Anthony didn't play due to a suspension, Nuggets coach George Karl said, "I don't recall the game specifically."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said that "I wasn't surprised" to see the Jazz appear in game footage during the "60 Minutes" segment.
"We keep our mouths shut on those things," Sloan added, referring to Donaghy-related gag order imposed by the NBA. "I'm not going to get involved in that, because, you know, everybody has their problems and my job is to try to coach and go forward with whatever happens. Everybody has an opinion, but I don't think it's to be expressed at this time."
As for the quality of refereeing in that game and Donaghy's accusations, Karl said, "It's an interesting subject — there's absolutely no question that it's stimulating and enticing to a lot of fans. My belief has always been that refereeing in the NBA is an impossible job, and (as a coach) you're never happy, but I also know the NBA has the best referees in the world."
Iverson would not comment Monday about Donaghy.
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