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No suspension for Pietrus

Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:16 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus won't be fined or suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league office reviewed his hard foul against Pau Gasol at the end of overtime in Game 4 and decided not to take further action, has learned.

This was the convenient way to handle this; the last thing anybody wanted was a controversy heading into a closeout game in the Finals. But it was not the right way to handle it. After so many upgrades and downgrades of flagrants this postseason, it was incumbent upon the NBA to get this one right. I don't think they did, but I am willing to give them a chance to explain.

At the competition committee meeting in Chicago last month, team executives told league officials that they need explicit guidelines for what constitutes a flagrant-one and flagrant-two. The rule book defines a flagrant-two as "unnecessary and excessive contact," but Stu Jackson and his comrades have a compendium of factors and circumstances that they consider when reviewing flagrant calls to determine if the punishment was assessed correctly.

The league has agreed to provide these guidelines to players, coaches, media, and fans before next season. Obviously, we could've used them sooner, because it has become virtually impossible to look at a flagrant foul and determine what the league will make of it.

It's supposed to be like obscenity. You're supposed to be able to know it when you see it. To me, Pietrus' foul on Gasol fit that description better than any other flagrant foul I've seen this postseason.

Category: NBA

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 2:55 am

No suspension for Pietrus

Another screen shot for blind officials


Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 2:53 am

No suspension for Pietrus

Don't they even consider kids watching nba and saw that numerous times. Come on the replay is very clear.

Here's another proof

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:18 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Thank you wtan for showing intelligence and an understanding of the game of basketball.  Now I can quit responding to this blog, because if I am going crazy at least I know someone else out there is crazy and understands this game also.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 10:18 pm

My 2 cents

GASOL: I remember Reggie Miller scoring 8 points in like 10 seconds to steal a playoff game from the Knicks.  So I'm fine with Gasol finishing the game with a dunk, as it was a tight game all the way.  It's not like he showboated with a 360 windmill or something.

PIETRUS: There is absolutely no question that the Pietrus foul should've been a flagrant 2, and would have been in most other circumstances.   While making no legitimate attempt at a defensive play, he slammed and easily could've injured a defenseless player.

KOBE: Finally, those of you comparing the Kobe elbow to the Pietrus foul obviously know nothing about basketball.  That type of clearout happens all the time, but it's usually under the basket, and not quite so visible.  Should Dwight Howard get suspended every time his elbows hit someone when going for a rebound?  At most, it's a regular personal foul.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 7:11 pm

Stu Jackson proves again...

He's just a puppet collecting a paycheck. 
I actually agree that based on the flagrants that have occured throughout the postseason and the punishments attached, this should not have been a suspension.  Problem is nothing has made sense so far.  Rajon Rondo didn't get a single game suspension for 2 way over the top flagrants far worse and reckless than Pietrus', and Derek Fisher does get a suspension for his over the top flagrant.  A couple years ago Amare gets suspended for an absolutely critical game vs the Spurs when all he did was jump up off the bench for about 3/4ths of a second and then quickly realized he needed to sit back down and did.  Maybe Stu likes East coast teams and not West coast?  Hard to say.

If we wash out all the B.S. decisions Stu has made over the years, the Pietrus foul was pure frustration and it could be argued he was looking for a fight.  I think the proper call would have been immediate ejection to eliminate any chance of a brawl, and no suspension. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 7:11 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

How can you say Gasol was rubbing it in, maybe that's what you call it.  I call it making sure you win the game.  Maybe if Nelson played the game til the end they would've won!

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 7:00 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

? Stop wearing your emotion on your sleeve.

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:56 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Review an inadverant elbow? One of three things must be going on....1. You are a Kobe Hater 2. You are on crack 3. You are a delusional Magic fan. Which is it pal? Pietrus, with malice, went full force in to the back of a defenseless player. Where did he get that massive head from anyway?? Meanwhile, Jameer Nelson intentionally ran in to Kobe's elbow trying to get an offensive foul!! Okay, that last part was just to make me laugh but it is a parallel to how ridiculous you sound comparing the two events.

I choose #2....get off the crack!

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:51 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I just think you hate anyone who faces the Lakers. You bash Orlando, you bashed Denver (A LOT!), you bashed Houston, I don't remember back to Utah but i'm sure you bashed them too. Secretly in love with Kobe Bryant?? Maybe... I thought it was Stephon Marbury but it's looking more like it's swaying to Kobe Bryant.

Pietrus shouldn't be suspended for a finals game, I agree it was excessive, but look at the guys history in the league. Not one other flagrant in 6 years. It was a frustration foul and Gasol didn't get hurt. If anything you fine him or if you suspend him you do it for the first game or two next year. YOU DO NOT SUSPEND A PLAYER DURING THE FINALS unless they do something much more deserving of it like maybe pushing a ref over or throwing a punch.
At that time of the game it was over, so maybe he was getting some payback at Gasol for rubbing it in.

Anyways, on to Gasol, was anyone else incredibly surprised to see him stand up for himself and actually go after somebody? Maybe there is some passion in the normally extremely soft spoken Gasol. It was good to see and gave me a lot more respect for him.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:48 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Irving you have got to be kidding me.  You're a Laker fan and you think Gasol was out of line for making sure we won an NBA finals overtime game.  We were only up by 5 and they were running toward him to foul him and he was out of line for dunking it?  Is it me or has everyone gone crazy.  The Lakers weren't up by 20, they were up by 5 in a finals game.  There isn't a player in the NBA that would call that dirty.  Maybe if that Magic were coming over to foul him he wouldn't have dunked it.  C'mon people let's use a little common sense.

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