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Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:18 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2009 6:21 pm
 

You whack somebody in the head, you get whacked for a game. Pretty simple, right?

At first I thought Rafer Alston's Three Stooges routine on Eddie House might elicit more laughter than punishment from the NBA. After all, it was sort of funny. But Stu Jackson doesn't have much of a sense of humor this time of year. The letter of the law is the letter of the law.

Alston swung and made contact with House's head, and that was enough for the league to park him at home with a one-game suspension to be served Friday night in Game 3 of the Magic-Celtics series.

This is awful news for Orlando, which blew a 28-point lead in Game 1 and got blown out in Game 2. Backup point guard Anthony Johnson was brutal in Game 1, which I witnessed in person. Alston has been no Celtic-killer, either. Advantage Celtics in this one.

Derek Fisher's full-body check on the Rockets' Luis Scola was a much easier call. Fisher looked back to locate Scola, sized him up like a hockey goon at the blue line, and leveled him. Fisher also will serve his one-game suspension Friday night in Game 3, which I will be attending and reporting from my ringside seat. I never miss a cage match.

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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 1:15 pm
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

Hey Cubana! 
hope NBA keeps an eye on Kobe for rest of playoffs. Next elbox ANYWHERE (above or below shoulders) should result in immediate suspension for at least one game. Then maybe we can let him know he does not get his own set of rules.
Did you even watch why the elbow went up? did you see how Artest was fouling and holding Kobe? Elbow? Sure. Suspension? No way. You have Rondo pushing people into score boxes and busting people in the mouth and he gets nothing. Nothing! And he isnt superstar status. So whats your excuse for that? Thats why the whistle came on Artest before the elbow, he was clearly fouling Kobe and Kobe reacted. Noone is trying to say it was the right thing to do but now that its over he did get called for a flagrant after the fact which will result in a fine, or pocket change as you called it. So move on.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

WHY KOBE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED

His elbow on Artest was not his first one in playoffs. He plays dirty and gets away with it because of his superstar status. If Artest didn;t get thrown out for complaining about it, Kobe wouldn't even get the fine (pocket change for him).

I hope NBA keeps an eye on Kobe for rest of playoffs. Next elbox ANYWHERE (above or below shoulders) should result in immediate suspension for at least one game. Then maybe we can let him know he does not get his own set of rules.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:25 pm
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

uclawoman, where Kobe's elbow lands is pretty irrelevant to the fact that he threw the elbow in the first place.  Chest, neck, stomach, or head its still an elbow, so lets not try and defend the play with such ridiculousness.  I agree that he shouldnt be suspended, but bc an elbow going up for a rebound is not that big of a deal, a tech in a worst case scenario.  I just wish Artest would have laid Kobe out and got it over with, after Kobe says he cant hold me all game. 




Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 11:42 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

RJR you cant be serious to think that Kobe should have been suspended.  RonRon had is forearm on the back of Mamba's neck and caught a 'bow for it.  That is basketball.  That should be basketball. I hope the NBA never tries to take that out of basketball.  The game has become all about prima donas now anyway a little physical play is good to see.  Alston and Fisher should be suspended.  Hell I am surprised that Alston only got 1 game for technically throwing a slap, but I think because it was a slap he only got one game...




Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 11:04 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

just want to say what is good for the goose should be good for the kobe

Really Celtlnand? Really??? Rondo should then have been suspended. More than once!



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 8:49 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

Smacking someone on the back of the head is an idiotic response, particularly in a venue with such high stakes.  Show some maturity and self control already!  When someone irritates you enough that you react like that, they have won a battle against you -- or more appropriately, you GAVE them a small victory.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 8:13 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

eugenegreen, you're an idiot.  I have been in many competitive situations, and no, I can't say I have ever pulled a pu$$y move like that.  You seem to imply if you play competitive sports then it is normal, natural and accepted to do garbage like that......maybe how you were coached (tho if it really got down to it, I am thinking YOU are the one who has never played anything other than paper football in the sixth-grade competitively), but for most everyone else, who had a real coach and leadership, no.  Hate to burst your bubble but competitiveness and playing the game the right way and cleanly are not mutually exclusive.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 7:57 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

I personally think Fisher deserved more than just a one game suspension. It was obviously premeditated and very malicious in nature. If things like this are allowed to happen, every team will simply add thugs & enforcers to their rosters like in hockey.




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 4:04 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

He threw an elbow with intent to hit an opponent and he connected. End of story, he should be suspended. 



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 1:48 am
 

Comic relief aside, Alston, Fisher judged alike

I am just wondering if Berger ever disagrees with any action the NBA takes. Every post I have seen from him is a total ball washing of the NBA's decision regarding discipline of players. Interesting.

I think its funny the way people say that Fisher looked back and "sized up" Scola before hitting him. When Fisher looked back, Scola hadn't begun to move up for the "screen" yet. Watch the tape. Fisher looks back, Scola is just hovering in the low post. Fisher turns back to Brooks, then Scola comes up and flies backward like he was hit by a bolt of lightning. Its too bad that Fisher couldn't get any of whatever is protecting Rajon Rondo from having the league discipline him. Good thing for the Lakers is that apparently they found something Jordan Farmar is good at: Defending Brooks.



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