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