my favorite one was the 83 game suspension
Such *********, he blatantly threw his elbow at Harden's head, who wasn't even looking. What a *****.
That said, it was an idiotic retaliation by Artest.
Should have been gone the rest of the year. Weak.
Wow, I'm shocked at home many people in this thread are completing going overboard on this incident. The rest of the year? Kicked out of the league? Are these the same posters who wanted Leonard Johnson kicked off the team for the late hit at UNLV?
It was a nasty elbow that deserved a suspension in the 5-10 game area. No more or less. Elbows happen in basketball. He's not the first to throw one, and Harden isn't the first to catch one. Karl Malone threw elbows all the time and even knocked David Robinson out cold and I don't remember hearing anyone say he should have been kicked out for the year. It's a physical sport, **** happens.
Watch this. And than guess how many games he was suspended for while playing for a crappy team.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uSZ-Wjgv1c&feature=relmfu]Jason Smith's Flagrant Foul on Blake Griffin (ENTIRE PLAY) - YouTube[/ame]
No doubt he meant to throw the elbow, I just think he meant to throw it in the body to get Harden off him and connected to the head. Regardless it shouldn't happen and deserves a suspension. Normal player would get 3 games but he's not a normal player and gets 7 games.
Should Rodman have been kicked out of the league for all he did? Kicking a photographer in the nuts?
I think to get the full story we need to look at the Metta World Peace situation through the eyes of Taiwanese animation.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoYlrxA-RX4]Metta World Peace: Laker faces suspsension for elbowing - YouTube[/ame]
This is one of the big reasons I don't watch the NBA anymore. There are very few teams that come out and actually play basketball anymore. It's become the WWE of professional sports, imo. It's all about flash and pumping your chest, the rules of the game are secondary.
Scoring is down, defense is improved, tons of stars in the league, fighting is becoming less and less frequent. It's a great product but some people still make the same tired excuses for not watching the NBA that haven't been relevant in a decade.