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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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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:35 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

So just cuz Gasol dunks it, that makes it OK to run up on him and punch him in the back? That just looked like a little kid on the playground who got his ball stolen, so the only thing he knows to do is act out by hitting. If you got a problem with Gasol taking that shot, get him back the next game by stomping the Lakers. Oh wait, that probably won't happen.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:28 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Hey, Magifan1423, let me ask you this question: What is the difference between a polished veteran play-off team who's popped cherries and one who's de-virginizing itself? Give up? When a win is in sight, you seal it at any cost. Do you think the Lakers would let up just because they're up by 6? Hell no! That's why the Magic lost! If you recall, they were up by 3 with less than 10 seconds in the 4th qtr, the Magic should've fouled when the Ariza passed to Fisher or fouled anybody on the floor instantly as the ball was inbounded. Instead they played one on one and got beat with a shot that tied the game in regulation. Seriously, did you have to ask anyone this question?



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:24 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

and people need to stop comparing this to the amare situation a couple years ago. amare broke a clearly defined rule, he left the bench are during an altercation. the pietrus situation is open for interpretation. yes, after looking at it multiple times i dont have a problem with pietrus doing it but i do agree that he probably should be suspended in this new soft nba, but it's not a clear cut rule in the rule book that says he has to be suspended.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:23 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Dumb Foul...let's move on. The Magic are unfortunately going to have to live with the fact that they were good enough to win, but didn't. If they learn, look out in the future, just not this year.



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:21 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

They let the thugs run it. are you trying to say pietrus is a thug because he committed a hard foul on a guy that he thought was trying rub their nose in a loss? this is the first thing pietrus has ever done. if he's a thug then kobe is a thug too because i believe he's been in two fights in his career (reggie miller and chris childs) and im pretty sure he's lost both of them.

 watch the replay, when ariza caught the ball outside the 3 point line with like 5 seconds left dwight was just jogging over to him basically to make it look like he was still trying but trevor could have run the clock out and then pietrus was jogging back and took off when he saw that ariza was throwing it to gasol for a dunk. im sure he wasnt thinking im gonna hurt pau here, his thought process was im gonna commit a hard foul on a guy that's trying to show us up. could he be suspended for what he did? yeah in the pussy league that the nba has become. but pau has to expect to get hammered when you try to throw it down in that situation.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:21 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

So a blatent double fist hit to back of player - No suspension
Step 6 inches on the court after your teammate gets jacked (Amare/Diaw) - suspension.

The NBA.  Where Stupidity/Hypocrisy/Bullsh*t Happens.




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:21 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Gators#01,

      Seriously dude, look at the replay! Nelson literally walked into Bryant's pivot move, Nelson was not defending him when he decided to help double-team Kobe. Have your eyes check and keep your mouth shut! Don't hate playa, just because Orlando is abound to disappear by their own formula:Magic!!!



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:10 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus...that's BS!

So I guess taking one step onto the court from the bench is worse then a double-thrust punch in the back of a player that is hanging from the rim on a dunk??? This is ridiculous! Pietrus is a punk for doing that and he should be suspended, fined, and out for the season. That is an absolute joke.
The NBA needs to finally figure out what is a suspendable offense. That push by Pietrus is a suspendable offense. How is that not similar to the tripping foul on Dahntay Jones of the Nuggets? It's a cheap shot and a hard foul and resulted in a technical/ flagrant foul.

BS!!



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:59 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

Crappy series Corey? Except for game one, it's been close throughout. Game four was probably the best game, and one of the best of the playoffs. Just a guess: You wanted Orlando to win. Dunking the ball was the right thing to do because it was an instinctive move and you can't just turn it on and off at will in an overtime struggle. And at least basketball ends- they keep talking about minutia of football all year long. 



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:56 pm
 

No suspension for Pietrus

let me guess the nba isnt even reviewing kobes elbow to nelsons face??  should be automatic 1 game suspensionHe wasn't even called for a foul you idiot!!!!  Why would he get suspended????


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