Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:26 PM
Joining this argument pretty late... but the biggest problem in the NBA right now are the dumb flagrant one and flagrant two fouls. What is the difference? I understand the difference between the two, one you stay in the game, two you are tossed. But Artest was called for a flagrant two at the end of game three, now they brought it down after the game which is even more ridiculous, but I'll get to that later. So ya he gets a flagrant two for making a hard play on the ball. He was clearly going for the ball, was it hard? Hell yea it was hard, but it is the playoffs, if you are going to foul a guy you better make sure you foul him hard.
Then we can go back to Game 5 of the Bulls/Celtics series, when Rajon Rondo hits Brad Miller in the face cutting his lip open. Flagrant one or Two? According to the refs he was making a play on the ball. He was trailing the play and he swung his around all the back and just swung at Miller. Now we have been seeing that after the game players have been hit with fines or the flagrants have been upgraded or downgraded, nothing for Rondo. Now we go to Game 6 when we all remember when Rondo threw Hinrich into the scores table... obviously a flagrant two, right? Nope he gets to stay in the game even though he tried to seriously injury a key member on the opposing team.
Then back to game two of the Lakers/Rockets series, Fisher was rightfully suspended for game 3; however, IMO there was no reason whatsoever that Artest was tossed, all he did was get in the face of Kobe, did he throw any punches? Nope, what did he call Kobe a bad name, sorry I forgot that these were men and they could take some name calling.
Ok now on to the fact that the NBA keeps upgrading or downgrading the fouls. What the hell was the point of giving Kobe a flagrant one after the game was over? What so that if he gets a couple more flagrants he can't play anymore? Well that's all and well but how about the refs doing their jobs and give the flagrants during the game where they matter.
Now switching gears and addressing the NBA apologizing for a missed call in the Mavericks/Nuggets game 3.
Why? What does this do for Dallas? Nothing. Was it a foul? Probably. Did the ref screw up? Probably. But it was a missed call, last time I checked they happen in every single NBA game there is. By apologizing, IMO it makes the loss even worse.
I still love the NBA but some of the stuff that keeps on happening is just getting pretty sad. Thanks for reading.