Usually people who accidentally hit something react in a "what just happened" type way. Since he kept trucking backing down the court not even looking back I think the suspension fits the crime.
Check out the first 5 seconds of this video. And 1:00 to 1:05.
Watch Harden and tell me he was "pushing" Artest. No way.
It's not that Artest had no idea what he just did. He felt a body and loaded up that elbow and swung hard. He knew. He just didn't give a ****.
7 games is fair enough.
Last edited by Big M; 04-24-2012 at 10:36 PM.
To accuse Harden of instigating the whole thing is absurd. MWP imploded. I wanted 10 games but 7 is ok.
Originally Posted by Turbiodiesel!
ok it wasn't necessarily "pushing". its more like a quick body check to get in the way of an opposing player, stand your ground, and make him run around you type of thing. it definitely wasnt incidental contact. everyone does it all the time, but usually its done by one of the bigs. which is probably why artest swung high, assuming it was perkins or ibaka....anyway, im not defending the elbow. it was a bonehead move for sure. i just find it hard to believe he was aiming for harden's head. and 7 games is a little steep, but whatever. lakers always have to have some type of drama come playoff time.
And even if that was Perkins in his way, that elbow was way overboard. Might have been a tech in-game, and then probably a 1 game suspension after Stu Jackson saw the tape.
again, im not defending the elbow. it was stupid and way over the top. its just not as bad as everyone is making it out to be. kenny smith and dennis scott had the same sentiments on nbatv last night. it was a "get the F out of my way!" move that got out of hand.
He was pumped up about the play, some guy bumped into him, and he pulled a "get the **** off me" move, that landed in the worst possible place.
Still woulda been an in-game T if he hit the back. But people are acting like he was intending to knock him out. I don't think that's what happened.
kinda bummed that Kobe is sitting out tonight instead of going after the scoring title. I know it's meaningless to him at this point of his career and the rest is needed, but watching a viñtage kokbe gunning for the scoring title would have been fun to watch and great for the fans.
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