This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen done in the history of professional sports.
For David Stern to risk destroying the playoffs - let's face it, PHO-SAN could well be the battle for the title - because Amare Stoudemire (one of the softest players in the NBA) and Boris Diaw (he's French for God's sake) simply left the bench after their superstar player was body-checked into the scorer's table by a much larger player after the game was largely in hand, is beyond stupid.
San Antonio made the thug play - flagrantly fouling Nash. For them to lose Horry, an insignificant player, and the Suns to lose two key front court players in a 2-2 series of this magnitude is beyond stupid. The Suns showed enormous restraint under the circumstance. Raja Bell got in Horry's face, Nash got in his face, and a couple players stood up from the bench. This was far from the chaos in the Knicks-Heat series several years ago, or anything close to an all-out brawl.
David Stern has made a lot of good decisions during his tenure, but if the Suns lose this series because of this total bullshit. I hope no one watches the rest of the playoffs.
It cheats the Spurs out of earning their win, it cheats the eventual NBA champion (if the Suns lose) out of legitimacy, and it cheats the fans out of the most exciting team to watch since the Lakers and Celtics squared off in the 80s.
What a moronic move not to sidestep the letter of the law and reward Horry for his move. Horry looks like a genius now. I don't have words to express what a piece of shit this turns the league into.
Posted by Chris Liss at 5/15/2007 4:23:00 PM