During the first five games of the NBA Finals, the Wall Street Journal conducted an observation of players’ reactions to fouls called against them. According to the study, which “looked at every foul in the series that wasn’t intentional, tracked the observable reactions and gave extra weight to the more blatant complaints,” Ray Allen complained more than any other player on either the Celtics or Lakers. (via TrueHoop)
|LAKERS % of COMPLAINTS||CELTICS % of COMPLAINTS|
|Team Rate – 36%||Team Rate – 48%|
|Kobe Bryant – 50%||Ray Allen – 73%|
|Pau Gasol – 50%||Kendrick Perkins – 68%|
|Derek Fisher – 38%||Rasheed Wallace – 65%|
|Lamar Odom – 27%||Rajon Rondo – 50%|
|Ron Artest – 23%||Paul Pierce – 36%|
|Andrew Bynum – 15%||Kevin Garnett – 32%|
It didn’t take a study to realize that both teams complain a lot about the referees. In regards to Ray, I think the high level of his complaints is due to the fact that most of his fouls have been either 1) offensive fouls after Derek Fisher spends an entire possession mauling Ray and Ray finally retaliates, or 2) fouls of Kobe Bryant that may or may not be influenced by Kobe’s superstar status.
Also, this study has holes in it because — as far as I can tell — it only takes into account when a player is whistled for a foul. That means no-calls didn’t count. Ray Allen almost never complains about a no-call, while Kobe can often be seen swinging his fist and threatening referee’s lives after he misses a shot while anyone is in a 10-foot radius of him.