Rosen: NBA suspensions don’t always make sense

Charlie Rosen takes a look at the inconsistencies in the league rulings.

notlakersFox Sports: Bowling, swimming, golf, and tennis are the only non-contact sports that are even marginally worthy of attention in Sports America. According to James Naismith’s original conception, basketball was supposed to fit into the same category.

However, in the modern era, basketball — like football — has gone beyond being a non-contact sport and is more of a collision sport. That being the case, the most recent on-court judgments of the NBA refs, as well as the off-court decisions of Stu Jackson, are at least inconsistent, and are at most ludicrous.

The immediate problem goes back to how the refs of the moment mishandled two egregious violations on the part of Rajon Rondo during the Boston-Chicago series. Rondo deserved at least a Flagrant 1 for smashing Brad Miller’s face while making absolutely no play on the ball. But the refs feared that by making the appropriate call they would be handing the game to the Bulls — so no call was made.

But, if properly penalized, it had turned out that Rondo’s blood-letting open-handed assault would indeed have cost the Celtics the game, then it would only have proved that crime doesn’t pay — even in a basketball game.

Similarly, Rondo should have been ejected when he tossed Kirk Hinrich into the scorer’s table — an uncalled for and potentially very dangerous move that could easily have resulted in a career-ending injury.

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  • ceballos_neverforget

    I TOTALLY agree with this article. I’ve never seen such entitlement from a team as much as the Celtics. KG impersonates a dog to Jose Calderon, and then taunts jerryd bayless and there’s no response by the league or the refs. Rondo turns bball games into street fights, and glen davis marches 5 rows into the crowd to “celebrate” his 3-point play against the bulls and there’s no delay of game or unsportsmanlike? It boggles my mind what they’re allowed to get away with.

    Hey KG, try taunting PFs and Cs instead of point guards, you POS.

  • PAUL GARNETT LOVES FISHDICKS

    WE CALL YOU THE C’S TOO SUKDIKS JUST LIKE THE EVER SELF PROMOTING NETWORK! YOU KHUNTS!!!!!
    THE REFS HAVE BEEN CALLING STUPID FLAGRANTS EVER SINCE ARTESTS DUMBA$$ WENT INTO THE STANDS TO BEAT UP SOME PENCIL-NECK GEEK THAT WAS STILL HOLDING HIS DRINK! KOBE WAS RIGHT LETS TAKE THE GAME BACK TO HOW IT WAS WITH THE 80′S BABIES!

  • lainok

    the reffing the last few seasons has been a joke. I realize it’s probably the hardest pro-sport to officiate, but it’s no excuse to relax on it. the only call I have agreed with was the suspension of fisher. and I love fish, but it was the right call. beyond that it’s a joke. They will call a foul on a guy for barely coming over the top of a player and touching his arm, but when a dude blantanly throws his body into a defender when shooting, they disregard it. there is only a handfull of competent refs, and they should be calling all of these last few games. just like on the teams, the best of the best are the starters, the best of the best refs should be the ones who call the playoffs.