The commissioner David Stern is saying yes. While the truth remains to be seen, this seems unlikely. Not that every referee is crooked or addicted to gambling, but it would be rather naive to believe that it’s ever an isolated case. Expect more.
Of course, the way Tim Donaghy’s exposure came about was unexpected, to be sure. The NBA’s reputation has been seriously rocked by this scandal. Stern is doing his best to reassure the public that the games are being won and lost based on merit, not crooked refs.
The most important games possibly affected by Donaghy were the playoff series between San Antonio and Phoenix. It was the most important series in the 2007 playoffs. The winner was guaranteed to take the championship considering the remaining competition.
Unfortunately for Mavs fans, we still have no excuses except poor play and poor coaching to explain two years of startlingly poor performance.