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Criminal justice, NBA style

Posted on: May 26, 2009 7:57 pm
LOS ANGELES -- I hope the bosses don't mind, but I'm going to be conducting interviews here in L.A. for a new position I'm creating at It's called Senior NBA Flagrant & Technical Foul Writer.

Yes, it's a full-time position, because covering the NBA criminal justice beat is nothing short of a full-time job.

In case you missed it, a flagrant-one charged to Orlando's Anthony Johnson for elbowing Cleveland's Mo Williams in the eye socket was rescinded Tuesday. Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who has an extensive background in sports law, immediately struck down the decision in a scathing, one-paragraph opinion. President Obama issued a statement that he regrets the error; Orlando is not in Sotomayor's jurisdiction.

On to the Western Conference smackdown, the subject of two correct decisions and a hilarious one from the league office Tuesday. Andrew Bynum's two-handed block against Chris Andersen in Game 4 was downgraded to a personal foul (correct), Dahntay Jones' bush-league trip of Kobe Bryant in the same game was upgraded to a flagrant-one (correct), and Lakers coach Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials (ha!). Tune into the next episode of Jeanie Vision for the Zen Master's reaction.

Kidding aside, politics has taken center stage in both series. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy chided Mo Williams and Ben Wallace for flopping in the Eastern Conference finals, saying that in Game 3 they both "fell down more than a baby learning to walk." To which Big Ben replied that Van Gundy should "come out here and do something about it" or "shut the ___ up." Good comeback, Ben! Make the check payable to the National Basketball Association and mail it to 645 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10022.

In the Western finals, shifting to L.A. for Game 5 Wednesday night tied 2-2, Jones' second straight game with a flagrant-one is no laughing matter. As I wrote Monday night, that brings Jones' total to three flagrant points in the playoffs. One more flagrant-one will result in an automatic one-game suspension. If he's idiotic enough to get a flagrant-two, he'll be subject to a two-game suspension.

Applicants for the new position I've created are welcome to post their qualifications here, as well as suggestions on how they would bring clarity, consistency, and sanity to the NBA's pursuit of equal justice. Judge Sotomayor, unfortunately, must recuse herself. She has bigger fish to fry.


Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 8:05 am

Criminal justice, NBA style

The most important part of the Berger story was the reference to Judge Sotomayor. I actually went to the link and was fascinated by reading an article for the first time today.

Just for the record Berger....Do Laker fans like to cuddle afterwards?

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 12:36 am

Criminal justice, NBA style

Its one thing to have an opinion on the matter, but its another to say a comment due to disliking the player.  Kobe plays hard and rough however, he is not a dirty player, those are two different things.  Also the officiating during the whole playoffs has been terrible.  Dwight Howard fouling out on a play that there was two feet of seperation between him and lebron, 90% of all technicals have been meaningless, the referees having to much control of the tempo of the games, so many players in foul trouble every game, these are just some of the horrible things that is happening in the playoffs.  If this continues, it will be detrimental to the game and tough for fans to continue watching it. 

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2009 8:34 pm

Criminal justice, NBA style

hey berger- when did you become the whining bitch of david stern and phil jackson?   kobe is one of the dirtiest players in the league, as well as its second best.   when the nba starts suspending kobe for his cheap shots, then you and the other laker whores can start crying about how he is being mistreated.   don't worry, david stern and his toadies will be sure 5to assign the "right crew" to game frive to make sure Jones is in foul trouble immediately.   just watch, the lakers will post up kobe on their fdirst possession and the refrees will be guaranteed to call a foul on jones regardless.   you already work as an nba bitch, you don't need another job.   its a good thing you aqre not considered a journalist because you don't have the ethics it requires.

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