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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, CBSSports.com 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
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:47 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

He should have been undercut and laying on the floor. There are unwritten rules like in any sport and he broke one. And Ariza for throwing it to him.




Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:44 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Why should they? Nelson came up & hugged Kobe on his blind side as he turned. Kobe did not have his elbow sticking out far from his body. You got to give the man with the ball some room to move.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:38 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Give me a break.  It's basketball.  I was taught you protect the ball with your elbows, if someone wants to come at the ball, they get an elbow in the face.  You don't swing the elbows but they are always extended to protect the ball.  The elbow that everyone keeps whining about was Nelson's  fault anyways, if he doesn't want an elbow then he should not have been on top of Kobe as he turned.  Believe it or not, basketball is a contact sport, contact is expected through playing the game.  Punching someone in the back while not making a play on the ball has no place in the game.

I could care less if Pietrus got suspended, it'll be more fun watching Kobe put up 40 again on him after his little act.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:38 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

goldengriff

Are you kidding me? Maybe the Lakers can apologize to the Magic after they win the series too.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:35 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

gators#01

It's obvious that you have no idea what a foul is. Kobe turned his body to make a basketball play and inadvertently hit Nelson. That's called incidental contact, an accident. Had Kobe intentionally threw his elbow at Nelson, like Pietrus hitting Gasol, then yes he should have been suspended. Kobe didn't throw an elbow, but I guess you can see it any ay you want.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:35 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

So Van Gundy is supposed to waddle on the court and foul them? He told them to foul and Nelson didn't foul. Blame the players not the coach on that one.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:34 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Menacing look? don't be such a woman, it was a hard foul simple and plain.

In the 90's  it would have been nothing but a simple foul but now the league tries to hold the hands of superstars so any time a player could possibly get hurt or play physical it's a foul. This is why the NBA playoffs are a joke, just lower your head, drive to the hole and scream when you throw up a prayer and you'll get free throws.  



Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:27 pm
 

Stu blows with the wind

If you watch the play, the Lakers were looking to run out the clock on the perimeter. Gasol was spaced below the basket, there was not an immediate pass to him even when the gurad was looking right at him under the basket. Of course you dont want to make an unecessary pass if you dont have to and no one is defending you. As the Magic came out to "man" defend, you saw the pass to the only other laker on that side of the court(didnt want to backcourt). Even with a couple seconds left, I do not, nor would I tell, my 7 ft center to start dribbling around with the opposing teams best defensive guard trying to steal the ball. Any coach or player would want him to just put it in the basket. Don't try to outrun a smaller, faster guy when u can just put it in. I dont care if it's 3 seconds into the the game or 3 seconds left. Especially if hes right under the basket. Also, just because somebody doesnt follow some unwritten rule about "pilling it on" doesnt give random players the right to inflict physical judgment. If it's tacky to add 2 more points than so be it, it just makes the Lakers look worse. If it's a foul, let the ref's call it. Since when are players the ones who have whistles? Plus, I wouldn't say it's pilling it on when you up by single digits in overtime of the finals. It needs to be at least 9 (3pt shot and foul 2x's, best case scenario for the Magic, ties it if your up by 8) You know you can fit a mutitude of shots into 3 seconds. All it did was make a inexperienced Magic team look just that.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:27 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

The reason Kobe's elbow wasn't even mentioned is because Nelson moved into it.  If a player is stationary and gets elbowed, it is a foul.  But if a player is pivoting and another player initiates the contact by moving into the elbow, it is not a foul.  The refs made the right call there.  It was inadvertant.



Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:23 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

What, he should have stood there, got punched, and then had to make free throws?

Grow up. You take the two points and seal the game.




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