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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: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:55 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Kobe's Elbow was an unintentional FOUL the refs should have called it that wasn't Flagrant at all but it was a missed called.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:53 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Most flagrant foul of the season ... and it wasn't called? Officiating in the finals is just plain awful .... as was the Magic's coaching in last night's game. Magic with a 3 point lead, 11.1 seconds left and the Lakers have to inbound the ball and travel the entire length of the court to attempt a 3 .... VanGundy, you idiot --- you FOUL the guy coming down court ---- you DON'T let him shoot a 3!!!! Foul him, he shoots 2 free throws, and YOU WIN BY 1 !!! JHC ---- how stupid can a head coach be????

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:51 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

This is part of the reason the NBA is a joke.  They let the thugs run it.  How can he not be fined or suspended (IMMEDIATELY and no appeal) for that foul?  He balls up both hands into fists and purposefully hits him in the spine.  Did you see the look on his face when he hit him?  It was one of the most menacing looks I've ever seen throwing a foul like that.  It was so deliberate it wasn't funny.  Not to mention Gasol was in the air for the dunk and defenseless.  I was amazed there wasn't a total fracas.  The refs calling a technical on Gasol for "language" I understand but considering the circumstances, I defy them to NOT do the same thing in that situation.  It was a close game right up until the end so getting those two points was not to be "in their faces" or whatever you want to call it.  It was totally uncalled for.  The NBA is lucky this wasn't in Detroit - there would've been a riot!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:47 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Anybody think Gasol shouldn't have been trying to dunk it with a 6 point lead and 3 seconds to go?

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:41 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

let me guess the nba isnt even reviewing kobes elbow to nelsons face??  should be automatic 1 game suspension

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:39 pm

Not fair but not worried

As does the entire basketball world (except magic fans and laker haters), i think he should have been suspended. I am ok with this now though because when the lakers beat the magic no one can come back and say that the refs or the leagues front office helped the lakers win by taking out an important player in their line-up.... GO lakers!!!!

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