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Referee Tony Brothers gives Elfrid Payton weak delay of game, says ‘Thank Chris Paul’ (video)

Chris Paul sure unlocked something when he practically forced officials to call delay of game on Timberwolves big Jordan Bell.

That got the Thunder a free throw that went a long way toward beating Minnesota. But it also annoyed referees, who didn’t like Paul dictating terms.

They got revenge in Oklahoma City’s next game, calling two delay-of-game penalties on the Thunder. Paul mocked the latter call by Brian Forte, yelling, “He’s trying to prove a f— point. Trying to prove a point. You’re going to be on SportsCenter tonight. Good job.”

Now, it’s Tony Brothers’ turn in the delay-of-game spotlight.

He called one on Elfrid Payton, who was adjusting his jersey tuck while entering last night’s Knicks-Nuggets game. The first delay of game carries just a warning, and New York didn’t get another. But Brothers explained his call to a bewildered Payton:

“Y’all thank Chris Paul for that.”

I don’t mind referees cracking down on delay-of-game violations. If they’re worth putting in the rulebook, they should be followed.

But doing it as backlash to Chris Paul is just childish.