I know we all laud and praise Rick for taking the high road. And by the way, I'm not exactly sure how I feel on my own question. On one hand, I wish everybody would leave the officiating for the fans to bicker about (esp on message boards )
However, there is something to be said for getting a reaction. Doc Rivers complained about screens... we saw an increase in calls for illegal screens on the Pacers the next game. I distinctly remember the way the entire Bulls/Pacers series shifted in officiating based on comments to the media.
Phil complains about the officiating... more fouls were whistled on the Pacers. Larry complained about Pippen fouling Mark Jackson everytime he brought up the ball... Pippen starts getting whistled for it in MSA.
If Larry is going to complain about the nickel and dime stuff he is getting, maybe it is appropriate for Rick to ask when and if there will ever be a foul called when Jackson drives it to the hoop.
As a person who appreciates taking the high road, I am 100% for what Rick is doing. But, you also have to use every bit of influence as a coach to win a game. If the next game is called awfully and in favor of Detroit, we'd better see the fired up Rick again!