Blog Entry

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: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:46 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Are you kidding me?  that should been a foul, but not a suspension, there was no intent there, nelson pretty much walked into his elbow, pietrus on the other hand deserved to be suspended. Stop hating Kobe, and just be proud that you get to watch a top 5 player of all time on a regular basis.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:46 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Where you even watching the game? If you were you would see that Dwight throws elbows all the time and Nelson ran into him. So if the Lakers happen to lose which isn't likely, they should just run into Dwight's ever flying elbows and get him suspended for 1 game?

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:25 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

dude are you serious?? Did you even watch the play??? Nelson was practically kissing Kobe and all he did was turn and bam!!  If Nelson would have been up in Fishers grille like he was Kobes the series might be tied 2 to 2. Kobe has his right to his space, watch the replay my friend, you are delirious...

  Petriou or Beatrice whatever his name is  thats highway robbery he didnt get ATLEAST a fine his foul was blatant and uncalled for, I am floored his a$$ should be suspended easily for his crime.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:25 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

2 fists swung into the back of an exposed, defenseless player is a suspension!! Who cares if he was dunking the ball with an xx point lead with xx time remaining?? Those factors should not be considered in determining the severity of a foul, ability to make a play on the ball, and the intent to injure. Pietrus' history should also not be considered. A play has to be examined in a bubble when it's in regards to a flagrant foul.

Anyone making the argument that Gasol shouldn't have dunked the ball obviously is clueless!

Kobe was making a basketball movement towards the middle of the paint and did not see Nelson coming over to double team. Nelson put his face in a position to be hit, there was no intent to injure by Kobe... good no call.

I'm not a Laker or Magic fan, but get real ppl! Pietrus should be suspended and Kobe should not.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:17 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Kobe's elbow was not unintentional, if you beleive that, I have great beach front property to sell you in Utah. Kobe also through an elbow to Howard in the first when Howard grabbed him after the refs let Kobe jump up and and rip the ball out of his hands.  Kobe is a punk and the only reason why they are going to win this is because the refs will not call a foul on "superstars".

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:08 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Nelson rushed up so close to Kobe that there was no avoiding contact, and then flopped to try to draw a foul.  I didn't work.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:07 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Are you saying that if it were Dwight Howard in Gasol's place that you see no problem with Lamar Odom punching him in the back? I see your point, I just don't think it excuses Pietrus' actions. Think about that!

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 4:02 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I only wish he would have knocked him off the rim onto his ass.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:46 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Why not?  It's not like they were up by 20.  Don't you think Dwight Howard would have done the same thing?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:44 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Help me to understand this. A player balls up his fists and gives a two-arm shiver to the spine of a player dunking the ball while he's in mid-air and for this he receives no penalty. (fine or suspension) But two players move a step off the bench after seeing their captain and best player thrown into the scorer's table by someone twice his size and they both get one game suspensions. Does this make any sense to anybody? It's preposterous!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or