NBA handles accusations from ex-ref

In the midst of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA had to turn its attention to the controversy...

In the midst of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA had to turn its attention to the controversy surrounding several previous playoff games, including the 2002 finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, courtesy of disgraced referee Tim Donaghy.

While the NBA's reputation might be taking a hit now, some say the accusations are unlikely to cause permanent damage. Others, though, want the league to step up its defense to retain the confidence of fans.

NBA Commissioner David Stern has called Donaghy's allegations "baseless."

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