Ironically, the guy who stopped Lamar Odom from actually entering the fray following Trevor Ariza’s takedown of Rudy Fernandez at Portland’s Rose Garden on Monday was Kurt Rambis, who knows a thing or two about the physical side of basketball.
Many will remember that Rambis was on the receiving end of clothesline grab by Kevin McHale when the two were players. He also was one of the game’s enforcers.
Last year, he talked to ESPN.com about the physicality of the game, saying that there are things you are not supposed to do, such as players know they are not supposed to swing their elbows, but they do sometimes.
“In the heat of the moment, those things do happen anyway, sometimes. You get your competitive fires going … You do see it. But, for instance, if someone has his elbows up at his head, and someone’s coming from behind, you’re not supposed to swing them into the guy’s head. If you hit him in the shoulder, OK, that’s another thing.”
Are you listening Trevor?
Edited by BeeZee, March 11, 2009 - 12:03 PM.