That probably wasn't even the worst of the NBA officials.
The 2000 Blazers, 2001 Bucks (which I'm still VERY bitter about, needless to say), the 2002 Kings, 2006 Mavs, 2007 Suns etc. etc., all victims of shady officiating. A bit TOO many incidents to call the NBA's shady officiating "incompetence"
Name another professional sports league besides the NHL that's officials have a reputation of calling "make up calls"?
That says it all to me.
I'm torn on make-up calls. When they happen to my I feel guilty but enjoy them. But if they happen to the other team I get upset at the whole concept.
Truth be told, it's probably one of the better aspects about NHL officiating. Making things right and evening up the game is a good thing. And for how much the refs let these guys get away with sometimes they sure make it easy.
People who aren't saying MLB don't watch MLB. It's easily the sport most affected by bad calls, as umpires are involved in every single play, by the very definition. In the NBA and NHL, you can pick out the refs who are bad, and laughably part, and most make a few glaring mistakes a year, but on average they're just medicore.
Now in the MLB, you have to pick out umpires that are good. And it's a challenge. Most umpire's are awful, because have no accountability, if they make a mistake that costs a team a game, nothing happens so they have no incentive to fix their mistakes. And mistakes like these happen in every game. Umpires all have unique strikezones, despite nothing in the rulebook saying that the strike zone is "up to interpretation", many umpires get lazy and don't move into a good position to see a play at a base, among dozens of other issues. If a player shows any sign of displeasure at their decision, they decide to screw over that players team because they got "showed up".
The MLB has the worst officials, bar none, and it's a big reason why the sport has negative momentum, despite a surge of great young stars that no other league possess.
NHL refs are't too bad in my opinion. Being an official myself, it's a pretty difficult sport to officiate.
Of course, the games I do usually use the 1 or 2 official system and I just find myself wishing I could see better. On Sunday I heard (not saw) someone go flying and there was some shouting. Apparently, the guy got cross checked pretty hard from behind (he's my teammate in another league, and told me the next day during our game, and I trust him). I was the only official on the ice, and missed it. I can't see everything unfortunately. That kind of call probably wouldn't have been missed using 2, 3, or 4 officials. Since I didn't see it I couldn't call anything.