Minnesota Timberwolves centre Rudy Gobert says NBA referees try to help teams with star players defeat teams from smaller markets with unfair foul calls.
The 30-year-old French 7-footer (2.16m) launched his tirade after the T-Wolves lost 107-100 to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, the Star Tribune newspaper and The Athletic reported.
“It’s really not fair,” Gobert said of officiating calls, which sent Phoenix to the free throw line 27 times to only 12 for Minnesota.
“I’ve been in this league for 10 years and I try to always give the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard for me to think (referees) are not trying to help (the Suns) win tonight. It’s hard for me to think they didn’t try to help the (reigning champion Golden State) Warriors win the other night or the Sacramento Kings the other night.”
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