Has the NBA turned into the NFL? Has Roger Goodell been whispering in the ear of David Stern?
What other explanation can there be for this head-scratching one-game suspension handed to Kevin Garnett for an incident with Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut on Saturday night?
From the replay, it is clear that Bogut was the aggressor, and Garnett was merely instinctively reacting to the contact from Bogut.
Double technicals were assessed for the incident, and since Bogut had already received a technical earlier in the game, he was ejected. Bogut did have his foul was upgraded to a “flagrant foul penalty one” by the NBA. Big whoop. Does the league feel that since Bogut had to leave the game he was punished enough?
Garnett will now miss tonight’s game against the New York Knicks, and will end up forfeiting $225,000 worth of salary (according to Steve Bulpett)
Losing Garnett tonight against the Knicks isn’t the end of the world for the Celtics, and getting the high-energy Garnett a night off might not be the worst thing either, coming off that brutal 8-games-in-12-days stretch, but we still can’t figure out what the league is thinking. Especially when you compare what Garnett did with Shaq’s takedown of Rodney Stuckey, which has not resulted in suspension. That wasn’t a case of Stuckey running into Shaq and bouncing off (as O’Neal tries to make it out to be) Shaq took both hands and tossed Stuckey to the ground.
Apparently that’s OK in the NBA. Shaq was fined $25,000, but not for the hit, the fine was for his “verbal abuse” of the officials and his failure to leave the court in a timely fashion.