Tag:suspensions
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:31 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 11:23 am
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Bourré alternatives for players to avoid trouble

After O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen scuffle on a team flight, we wonder what other games might best replace Bourré on chartered flights to prevent future incidents. 
Posted by Matt Moore with contributions from Ben Golliver and Royce Young

Ken Berger lays out the case for the NBA to abolish gambling on NBA charter flights, an age old tradition. Berger's right to point out that as long as gambling is allowed on planes, these kinds of disputes are going to continue. But in our efforts to take a pragmatic step towards eliminating conflicts over these games, perhaps we should move the gambling to an alternative contest. And so, we present a series of games that may best replace Bourré as the game of choice for NBA rounders. Our scale will be on one-to-five Tony Allen punches, with one being very unlikely to lead to suspensions, and five being very likely to lead to suspensions.

The Culprit: Bourré

The object of Bourré is to take a majority of the tricks in each hand and thereby claim the money in the pot. If a player cannot take a majority of tricks, their secondary goal is to keep from bourréing, or taking no tricks at all. A bourré usually comes at a high penalty, such as matching the amount of money in the pot.
via Bourré - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

So you've got a trick game, which is problematic in and of itself, combined with a "must play to win" element and the possibility of significant loss of money with the bourré. See, that's just not a game you want involved with guys amped up on testosterone and dealing with competitive natures on a plane with significant money involved. You're asking for trouble. This game is not well suited for NBA players. It's got the ability to have exponential pots.  It's got to go.

Rating: Five Tony Allen punches


The Team-Builder: Go Fish!



Go Fish is competitive and can lead to taunting, sure. "So, do you  have any threes, Gilbert? Oh, I guess only in practice!" But it also lets you learn about one another's mindset "Who always asks for face cards?" and teaches giving. And it reinforces the idea that you should have nothing left at the end of the game. Throw in the fact that it relies on the honor system, and you've got a terrific option for NBA players or  their seven-year-old children.

Rating: One Tony Allen punch


The Mind Game: Bluff

Also known by another less kid-friendly name involving a male cow, Bluff is a wonderful game for learning about your teammates. Being able to determine when your teammate is lying, what his tells are, will help you understand his body language in game. With limited capacities for gambling fit in, the game can look ideal. But it also encourages lying to your teammates, deception, and challenging one another on the premise that you feel they are dishonest. Not exactly encouraging of a friendly environment.

Rating: Three Tony Allen punches



The Life-Skill Teacher: Monopoly




NBA players too often have their own ideas about spending their money and are too often misguided. The classic game with the creepy Mike D'Antoni character as the mascot would do wonders for learning how to manage your assets. It reinforces that the priciest assets aren't always the most valuable, that efficiency is valued over excess, and that energy is important. Unfortunately, it also reinforces the idea that if you have the right piece of paper, you can get out of prison, and that money is the end of everything. There are some ups and downs here.

Rating: Three Tony Allen punches


The Allegory: Hungry Hungry Hippos




Buys into the competitiveness while combining it with a sense of whimsy.  Reinforces the idea of always being active and consistently finishing through the end of the game. Exceedingly difficult to gamble on. Game not well suited for players' hands. Also difficult to steady on charter flight in turbulence. Also teaches that he who consumes the most is best, not great for sharing instincts. 

Rating: Two Tony Allen punches


The Greater Game: Chess


Teaches total team effort. Encourages critical thinking. Reinforces team concept. Difficult to gamble on in a group setting unless you get into a prop bet situation. Can breed competitive nature and trash talk, though. Chess is a high-minded game and the kind of thing coaches like Phil Jackson would want his players to play. It's also boring as all get out to watch and difficult to play.

Rating: Two Tony Allen punches


The Tough Guys: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots




Reinforces competitive spirit without endangering anyone, allows for release of tension and embraces violent tendencies without any long-term harm. Difficult to bet on due to arbitrary nature of robots. Focuses on possibility of injury and why punching each other can be dangerous. Kevin Garnett would have to figure out a way to have the robots retreat after the first punch, but all in all, a great option.

Rating: One Tony Allen punch



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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am
 

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.




Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 11:58 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas finally speaks

Embattled Wizards guard sullen at media day in return since suspension.
Posted by Matt Moore


A very different Gilbert Arenas showed up to Media Day Monday to make his first real public appearance that didn't involve a judge. Instead of the jovial cartoon-character that NBA fans have embraced as some sort of indie-pop-idol due to his blogging, quirks, and general persona, Arenas spoke with reporters at media day for what Michael Lee described as "3 minutes, 12 seconds." Among the juicy short cuts, courtesy of SBNation DC .

On changing as a person:
"I'm more to myself now.  I'm getting older, so you automatically grow.  Just another year. New team."
Just another year. Easy, Gil. Your excitement is contagious, don't want to get the guys up too much. Then again, this is supposed to be about him taking his job seriously instead of, you know, pointing finger gunz at teammates after an investigation is launched regarding his illegal weapon possession.

On not smiling in his pictures:
"The only place I want to smile is on the court. That's where my job is, that's where my love is. That's the only time I need to smile now."

You know how I got these scars? Why so serious ?

How do you plan to win back the fans?
(pauses) All I can do is just go out there and play hard.
Jeez. That's like the preseason version of "both teams played hard."

All in all, this actually isn't anything new as John Schuhmann points out. The only way Arenas is actually going to prove he's turned over a new leaf is to go out and actually do the things he talks about, like leading, taking his job seriously, and playing hard. It's possible he can actually deliver that this year. The talent may still be there. The question, as it has been for three years, is if the head and legs are there still, too.
Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:28 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Rush, Evans, Hasbrouck suspended

NBA players Brandon Rush, Tyreke Evans, Kenny Hasbrouck suspended for various games this season.
Posted by Matt Moore


The NBA today suspended Brandon Rush, Kenny Hasbrouck, and Tyreke Evans for games starting in the 2010 NBA season.

Rush is at once the most surprising and most severe, getting five games for violating the NBA's drug policy. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that this is Rush's third violation of the drug program , which automatically leads to a five-game suspension. Evans recevied a one game suspension for his little joyride last April . Hasbrouck had been arrested for driving while intoxicated in New York, and received two games.

Evans is the highest profile player, and his absence will make the Kings' season opener in Minnesota a pick 'em. Were it a better team, they would undoubtedly be underdogs in that game.

Rush, though, made strides last season, and this is a significant step backwards. It's not know at this time if the violation was for recreational drug use or violation for use of a banned substance as was the case with Rashard Lewis last season.

Hasbrouck was unlikely to see time for the Heat at all, and especially not for the first two games of the season. The Heat also had to expect this result after Hasbrouck's guilty plea. It's not known whether Hasbrouck will even make it out of training camp, being a D-League call-up on a championship-expectant team.

The fact that the Pacers were not made aware of the first two violations for Rush, per the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to protect a player's privacy, is likely to spark some debate. Not being aware of a player's problems prevents a team from being able to get that player the help he needs. While the concern is unfair treatment towards those players, the inability of a team to support the player through his trouble can be construred to cause more harm than good. It's especially disappointing because of how Rush has developed, starting to look more and more like a central part of the Pacers' future.

This comes on the heels of another Pacer likely to face suspension, with Lance Stephenson arrested for assault on his girlfriend and mother of his kids. With how the Pacers have been hyper-aggressive in avoiding low-character players, this could spell a significant downturn for Rush's career.
Posted on: August 20, 2010 4:20 pm
 

West suspended ten games for guns charges

Former Cavs guard suspended 10 games for weapons charges.
Posted by Matt Moore


Delonte West was arrested on weapons charges nearly one year ago. He was pulled over and found to be in possession of multiple concealed handguns and a shotgun in a guitar case he had with him. This summer, he pled guilty to those charges and was expected to receive a 3-6 game suspension. It would appear the league has elected to come down even harder, despite West's plea deal.

The league today suspended West for 10 games in the 2010-2011 season. As a free agent, if West were to sign, his suspension would start with the first game he was physically able and eligible to play. So if a team picks him up on November 1, his suspension will start with the team's game that night.

It's a development that makes the odds of West being able to get on with a new team even tougher. Leaving a difficult situation in Cleveland in a trade to the Wolves, he was waived for cap considerations, and is now trying to find a new place to land. But a GM will have to overlook now not just the limitations of his game and the locker room distractions, but now a ten game suspension that any team will have to swallow if they sign him.

West has had a difficult run of things, mainly due to decisions of his own making, but partly on account of a neurological condition. It's going to take a GM that is willing to take a considerable chance in order for West to get his career, and potentially his life, back on track.
 
 
 
 
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