So, I don't want to turn this into the NBA Playoffs blog. . . but there's so much material there these days.
With that said. . . . . Last night the Rockets and Lakers had a basketbrawl in L.A. It was an old school playoff game, like 80's Lakers/Celtics, or 90's Bulls/Knicks or Bad Boy Pistons vs. anyone, etc. . . .
There were a few controversial plays. Derek Fisher's bulldozer job on Luis Scola should warrant a suspension. It was flagrant, intentional and outside of a normal basketball play. Just a dumb move.
I have no problem with the league suspending Fisher.
Kobe's elbow to Artest, in my opinion, does not warrant a suspension. The league usually rules that elbows to the head or neck warrant a suspension (happened to Dwight Howard in the last round). Kobe elbowed Artest in the shoulder, in the middle of a basketball play, with Artest draped all over him. If the league suspends Kobe that will prove how whimpy they have become. Here's Kobe's play. . (the poster is obviously a little biased) .and here's the Mona Lisa of playoff fouls (fast forward to the 1 minute mark for the slo-mo) courtesy of Kevin McHale. Again, no fines were levied after this. But, we had one of the best series in the history of the NBA. Hmm. . perhaps there's something to learn there.
(by the way, does anyone else miss Dick Stockton and Tommy Heinsohn calling games for CBS back in the day?. . . great times)