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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.



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Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:22 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

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: May 3, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:21 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Pietrus wasn't even making a play on the ball. Gasol had already dunked when Pietrus punched him in the back. It was a cowardly cheap shot designed to achieve nothing other than inflict pain on Gasol.

Stu Jackson is a worthless bureaucrat. No integrity whatsoever.



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

No suspension for Pietrus

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: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:14 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

I'm pretty sure the NBA realizes that Game 5 is really just going to be a formality for the Lakers. Suspending Pietrus for that game would have only been adding insult to injury for the Magic. I mean, you could tell in Hedo's voice in the post game interview when he mentioned "stupidness" that their spirits are broken. I would definitely call this series over -- unless the Lakers come out and play that lackadaisical, non-chalant style of basketball that they're infamous for. I don't think Kobe will let that happen though.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:02 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

So that constitutes a foul that could have seriously injured a player? Come on!! Fact of the matter is Pietrus was frustrated and did something he should not have done. A one game suspension should have been handed down but it wasn't. I am not complaining I just think it was a cheap shot. Gasol had every right to dunk the ball, he was wide open under the basket.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:59 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

when?...hell doesn't freeze over for a while



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:51 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Kobe elbow - heat o fthe moment
Petrius - INTENTIONAL
...but whatever...we'll speak when we win it all



tyson2383
Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:51 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:50 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Are you trying to justify Pietrus' hit?...if you are, you're a complete idiot



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:47 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

AGREED


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