Chris Paul’s bitter feud with referee Scott Foster was rekindled during the Thunder’s heartbreaking 104-102 game 7 loss against the Rockets on Wednesday night.
Last year, a frustrated Paul said he met with the league because he believes the veteran NBA referee has a personal vendetta against him.
Chris Paul on his relationship with referee Scott Foster: “I don’t know what else to do – I’ve met with the league with him before. I don’t know what else to do.”
James Harden: “For sure it’s personal, for sure.”
Harden says Foster shouldn’t officiate Rockets games anymore.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 22, 2019
After game 7 of the Rockets-Thunder game, an angry Paul once again blasted Foster for giving him a bogus delay of game call.
According to Paul, he got called for delay of game because he was stalling by tying his shoe while waiting to see if the arena would show a replay to help the team determine if they should challenge a play. Paul says Foster noticed him stalling and told him not to bother tying his shoe because they were going to sweep the floor. Foster still went on to call the delay of game violation on Paul which annoyed the Thunder point guard.
Chris Paul on the delay of game he got for tying his shoe, gave his old friend Scott Foster a shoutout: pic.twitter.com/udwtsjI1lN
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 3, 2020
I asked Chris Paul about the officiating – specifically that delay of game call. He named Scott Foster as says he knows he’ll get fined.
A passionate response that includes “that shit don’t make no sense…we could have won the game” pic.twitter.com/w2MpKr3Uyr
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 3, 2020
Here’s the video of the delay of game call.
Chris Paul was tying his shoe for a verrrrry long time waiting to see a replay.
Gets a delay of game even though the crew was still mopping the floor. pic.twitter.com/USPCHtskzq
— 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙃𝙤𝙤𝙥𝙨 (@BoomtownHoops) September 3, 2020
Paul went on to claim that Foster “made a point” to tell him that he reffed his game 7 loss to the Spurs back in 2008 before tipoff of the Rockets-Thunder game for whatever reason.
Thunder guard Chris Paul says referee Scott Foster made a point to tell him before the Game 7 loss to the Thunder tonight that he also reffed his Game 7 loss to the Spurs in 2008 when CP was with the Hornets.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 3, 2020
Foster is universally disliked by players across the league, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the league because he continues to work high-profile games.