Saturday, December 16, 2006

Suspend George Karl

Anybody watch SportsCenter tonight? If you did, you saw an ugly brawl in the closing minutes of a basketball game between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets. With less than a minute and a half left, the Nuggets had their starters in the game though the we're up by 19. Why? Apparently winning wasn't enough ... they wanted to rub the Knicks noses in it.

Anyway ... the predictable occurred. On a fast break, Nugget J.R. Smith drove his shoulder into Knick defender Mardy collins and Collins wasn't having it. He wrapped Smith up hard and then let him go flying to the ground. All hell then broke loose with Nugget Superstar Carmelo Anthony engaging in the most numerous (4) and ugliest acts of aggression.

A lot of the players will deservedly be suspended. But the NBA will blow it if it overlooks the unsportsmanlike tactics of Nugget coach George Karl that precipitated the whole event.

What's Karl have to say for his Bush League antics. Sports Illustrated passes along this nugget:

"I feel bad for the league, I feel bad for the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Very poor display of respecting basketball and respecting the game in the best place in the world to play basketball."

There had previously been some bad blood between Karl and Knicks coach Isiah Thomas over the handling of the Larry Brown firing. Karl and Brown are close friends.

But Karl wouldn't talk about why he had his starters on the floor late in a blowout, in the closing minutes of a back-to-back that closed a five-game road trip.

The asshole who led the way in disrespecting basketball has the absolute fucking gall to talk about a display of disrespect without starting with himself.

By old school ethics, we all know who started this brawl ... it was George Karl.


  • Even by your standards, this argument is dumb. If the Knicks don't want to get blown out, they should stop sucking. It may have been poor form for Karl to leave his starters in, but it certainly didn't justify Collins' foul.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:18 PM  

  • Give me a break. Collins' foul wasn't much different than any other hard fouls designed to prevent a layup and thatr are committed almost nightly in the NBA. Hell, Collins didn't take hm doewn from behind ... he was even with Smith, and Smith initiated the contact by driving his shoulder into Collins.

    I bet most nonNugget fans who have played ball before would agree with Collins' foul under the circumstances.

    A six game suspension for Collins for the foul (and showing super human restraint during the ensuing melee) is complete bullshit.

    Melo should have got 10, Smith 5, Robinson 3 or 4, Collins 1, Najera 1 (grabbing another player's throat) and 1 for those leaving the bench.

    The refs who were slow to react should also get 1 and George Karl should get 1 for the real precipitating act.

    By Blogger Macswain, at 1:06 PM  

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