Re: NBA Citizenship Awardee Clothesline Barea in the Grill!!!
posted at 5/5/2011 10:31 AM EDT
In Response to Re: NBA Citizenship Awardee Clothesline Barea in the Grill!!!
[QUOTE]CeltsSox, I'm a diehard fan of the Celtics but please don't be a "homer". Last season, KG elbowed Q Richardson intentionally and deserved to be suspended. I would not call what KG did a " so-called elbow " by comparison. They both were bad! Now to Artest. He's a bum and there is no place in the game for that. Not to even compare that with KG's elbow last season because one has nothing to do with the other, but Artest HAS to get suspended. I'd be very surprised if he isn't. Honestly, the foul was called on Odom but I would have hit Artest with a flagrant 2 anyway (I know you just cannot do that). Odom bailed Artest out by fouling Barea first but I wonder had Artest NOT gotten his first technical earlier if that play would have resulted in his ejection. He got ejected for getting his second technical. He wasn't called for a flagrant or anything on that play. I guess you cannot get called for a flagrant after the whistle. I bet Artest is going to contend that he was attempting to stop Barea after hearing the whistle on Odom's foul and simply got his arm too high thus clotheslining him. He will say he wasn't trying to hurt him.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Petey, I'm a big fan of yours, however I respectfully disagree that KG's elbow deserved a suspension. I believe it deserved an ejection and flagrant foul, however if you look at what KG did it was an uncalled for elbow. However, it was offered withoout any malice to hurt anyone. I have seen cheap shots taken by some Celtics players in the past where I fully concurred they could have hurt the player. Those cheap shots deserved a suspension, but not KG's foolish elbow. D. Howard's elbows, as an example, have been far worse than KG's without suspensions.
On the other hand, the word "homer" is used far too often. I'm proud of Tommy's loyalty to the Celtics. They have been his life. All loyal sports fans are "homers" if they truly love their team. However, one can be a loyal "homer" in a peaceful As an example, one of my all time human relationship heroes, Chic Hearn, who I met with some business functions loved his Lakers, was clearly a home town fan, and had great respect for the Celtics. He was clearly a "homer" and, as Tommy is, he should have been. We need more "homers" and less fair weather fans in my opinion. That's what makes sports so much fun. I love my Celtics, proudly wear Celtics "stuff", proudly discuss my loyalty, and at the same time have many close friends who are Lakers fans. KG has done some flaky things, has been overly rude to the young players who adored him, but his elbow was not offered with malice in my opinion. In addition, I think you are astute enough to remember Q's emotional insults and invites for physical confrontations with Paul and the C's behind the scenes.
Again, I am a fan your postings, therefore please don't take offense to my disagreement.