NBA  > General NBA  > NBA: Is David Stern waiting for someone to get paralyzed or killed
May 8, 2011, 11:10 PM
Maybe then he will step up and give a significant suspension and fine to the the thugs that are invading the NBA.
Nothing wrong with leaning a body on someone but "Clothe-Lining" another player in my opinion is criminal behavior and the work of a coward.
That happened the other day to Jose Barea, his only crime was that he was having one hell of a game off the bench for Dallas.
Mr. Artist, the Lakers great, decided to try to hurt him, and I say -hurt him- because when you see the replay there was no other reason to put out that arm.
That move can seriously hurt or paralyze someone by breaking their neck, ask your doctor if you don't believe it.
These players are fast and powerful man, they hit with lots of force and can definitely do lots of damage.
Artest got one game suspension, one has to question how serious the NBA is about protecting the players who play the game hard but with respect for others.
Sunday, Jose Barea once again was the target of a- hit job- he took an elbow to the ribs as he was going for a layup, Jose was unprotected, with his arms up in the air and Mr. Bynum decided to give him a cheap KO shot.
Mr. David Stern needs to get serious about making sure the players understand that this behavior is not acceptable in the NBA.
The NBA should not wait until they have to get someone off the floor in a stretcher paralyzed or worse yet killed.
There should be a long suspension and a big fine for this kind of behavior, Mr. Stern you need to put a stop to this now before is too late.
As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.
Enough said.
May 8, 2011  11:13 PM ET

Yes I did say Artist....lol...of course is Artest..

May 9, 2011  01:37 AM ET

I wonder if the NBA will be looking to see if these attacks were racially motivated. Why Not? I'm sure if 2 white guys had tried to end the careers of 2 black guys within minutes the media would be calling them racist. Hope the NBA goes on strike and never returns. I stopped watching NBA basketball the day they started drafting kids right out of high school.

May 9, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I wonder if the NBA will be looking to see if these attacks were racially motivated. Why Not? I'm sure if 2 white guys had tried to end the careers of 2 black guys within minutes the media would be calling them racist. Hope the NBA goes on strike and never returns. I stopped watching NBA basketball the day they started drafting kids right out of high school.

I don't know about that, look at the folks who did it ...just THUGS...

May 9, 2011  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know about that, look at the folks who did it ...just THUGS...

It's almost as if Artest's behavior rubbed off on Odom and Bynum, up until now two of the most mild-mannered players.

May 9, 2011  03:11 PM ET
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It's almost as if Artest's behavior rubbed off on Odom and Bynum, up until now two of the most mild-mannered players.

Yea , but as you well know we are all responsively for our behavior...

May 9, 2011  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yea , but as you well know we are all responsively for our behavior...

Oh agreed. Just puzzled as to how those two went postal.

May 9, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Oh agreed. Just puzzled as to how those two went postal.

responsible

May 9, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yea , but as you well know we are all responsively for our behavior...

responsible

May 9, 2011  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

responsible

and I'm responsible for replying to myself

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May 9, 2011  06:50 PM ET

I'm all for turning the nba back into a mans game but cheap shots like bynums have no place in the game. The bad boys of Detroit would beat the $h!t out of you but they did it while looking you in the eyes not from your blind side like Andrew Crynum

May 9, 2011  07:58 PM ET

Artest's foul I think was going to be an intentional foul that went wrong. I don't think he intended to hit Barea in the face. He didn't wind up or swing or do anything to add more power to the hit. He didn't respond as if he was satisfied with hitting Barea. It just seemed to me like he tried to do an intentional foul that would have been fine on a normal player, but Barea is extra small and he hit Barea in the face instead of the chest or shoulder like he wanted. Artest looked like he didn't mean to after he did it, but it wouldn't have mattered because of his past, so he just left the floor knowing he was in for suspension.

May 9, 2011  08:00 PM ET

Odom's foul on Dirk should not have been a flagrant. That was a regular foul and it was physical interaction that happens in almost every single game from high school up through the pros. The refs called the foul because it happened to Dallas's star player and it happened towards the end of a game that was out of reach. I think they were trying to send a message so that fouls like Andrew Bynum's wouldn't happen. Whelp, it didn't work and Bynum did commit a flagrant foul that deserved to get him kicked out of the game and probably a small suspension.

May 9, 2011  08:04 PM ET

Calling someone a thug for committing a foul in a basketball game seems to lean towards unintended racial discrimination in my opinion. When's the last time a white guy was called a thug for committing an unnecessarily hard foul?

They're still playing basketball, not committing drive-bye shootings. Use some discrestion.

May 9, 2011  08:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I'm all for turning the nba back into a mans game but cheap shots like bynums have no place in the game. The bad boys of Detroit would beat the $h!t out of you but they did it while looking you in the eyes not from your blind side like Andrew Crynum

Good comment... a friend of mine was showing me some Detroit games on utube...Bill L.... man that guy was something else, but he was not surprising anybody, he was looking right at you when he put a body on you...lol...lol...I'm ok with that..not ok with what the Lakers did ...again good comment.. thanks..

May 9, 2011  08:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Artest's foul I think was going to be an intentional foul that went wrong. I don't think he intended to hit Barea in the face. He didn't wind up or swing or do anything to add more power to the hit. He didn't respond as if he was satisfied with hitting Barea. It just seemed to me like he tried to do an intentional foul that would have been fine on a normal player, but Barea is extra small and he hit Barea in the face instead of the chest or shoulder like he wanted. Artest looked like he didn't mean to after he did it, but it wouldn't have mattered because of his past, so he just left the floor knowing he was in for suspension.

Dear friend maybe I was looking at the wrong game....but if we did see the same game I'll have to totally disagree with you..

May 9, 2011  08:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Calling someone a thug for committing a foul in a basketball game seems to lean towards unintended racial discrimination in my opinion. When's the last time a white guy was called a thug for committing an unnecessarily hard foul?They're still playing basketball, not committing drive-bye shootings. Use some discrestion.

Actually a thug is not a race specific term...secondly.. yo soy Latino and a bit brown...lol .."unintended racial discrimination " could not apply to me...

May 10, 2011  11:15 AM ET

Hard fouls are part of the game but the clothes line stuff needs to be penalized more...mainly to just shut it down.

Suspend a guy for at least 2 games and a fine will eliminate that quickly...

The money will not matter but 2 game checks and not being able to play will hurt.

May 10, 2011  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Hard fouls are part of the game but the clothes line stuff needs to be penalized more...mainly to just shut it down.Suspend a guy for at least 2 games and a fine will eliminate that quickly...The money will not matter but 2 game checks and not being able to play will hurt.

If I was a player and a I was really mad at someone 2 games is nothing....I think it should be more
.....

 
May 10, 2011  03:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Good comment... a friend of mine was showing me some Detroit games on utube...Bill L.... man that guy was something else, but he was not surprising anybody, he was looking right at you when he put a body on you...lol...lol...I'm ok with that..not ok with what the Lakers did ...again good comment.. thanks..

EXACTLY, bill lambier was a man and came at you like a man, as did rodman and mahorn. Bynums shot was childish, uncalled for and the definition of bush league.

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