Jalen Brunson takes no solace as refs admit mistake on foul that cost Knicks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jalen Brunson wasn’t happy with the NBA’s admission that referee Jasin Goble blundered in making the final call in Monday’s loss to Houston.

“They can keep it to themselves,” the Knicks point guard said after Wednesday’s 118-100 loss to the Magic.

There’s a small chance the Knicks can force an actual reversal, but they’re attempting to do so by filing a formal protest with the league office.

Nevertheless, the chances of an appeal being successful are very low as it was human error and there has only been one protest granted since 1982.

It’s no consolation to the NBA that Jalen Brunson’s controversial foul call was wrong as he tried to attack the basket in the Knicks’ 118-100 loss to the Magic on Wednesday. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

“Don’t you like our chances?” Tom Thibodeau quipped.

Still, Thibodeau praised the Knicks for filing a protest over Monday night’s loss to the Rockets, which ended on a botched call on Brunson’s foul in the final seconds of a tied game.

It’s mostly about messages sent after a serious mistake.

“I respect what our organization is doing as well,” Thibodeau said. “I think that’s the right thing to do. Let the league decide.”

In the end, Donte DiVincenzo will not be part of the Italian Olympic team.

Days after DiVincenzo expressed his desire to play in his traditional home of Paris this summer, a representative for the Italian Basketball Federation told the Post in an email that it was too late.

“For the next Olympics there will not be time to complete the procedure to provide him with an Italian passport,” wrote Francesco Daniello.

Daniello admitted that DiVincenzo “had long conversations” about joining the team a few years ago, but nothing has happened recently.

DiVincenzo, whose family is from Italy but was born in the United States, told the Post he is in the process of securing his paperwork and hoping to compete in the Olympics.

“Ideally I would like to do that,” DiVincenzo said. “I don’t know if that’s possible, even logically and given how everything is going to play out. But if everything works out perfectly, I’d love to do it.”

Teams are allowed one naturalized player, and Italy were keen to secure Orlando big man Paolo Banchero for last summer’s World Cup. Despite this, Banchero withdrew his verbal commitment and played for Team USA.



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