Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday Debate: Should Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw have been suspended?

I've got a new thing on here called the Thursday Debate... since it's Thursday, we have another one. Funny how that works.

This has really been talked and talked about, but I thought it might be interesting to pointedly ask the question and add the poll at the end... should these two guys have been suspended for Game 5?

In my opinion, I think the suspensions were warranted. Both players clearly violated the rule, and they should be suspended for it. They both obviously knew about the rule... and for those that claim that it's just a natural reaction and they couldn't stop themselves, well, I would argue that everyone else on both benches was able to.

Let me also mention that I don't like the rule... I think and I hope it will be revised some in the offseason. But that's not the point. The rule is in place, and you can't amend that rule just because the guys are important to the Suns and it's a great series that was greatly affected by the suspensions.

Also, I didn't really see the Tim Duncan thing as being comparable at all. People are saying that if Amare and Diaw are suspended, why wasn't Duncan? Well, Duncan took 2 steps towards a teammate on the ground during a non-altercation... I didn't see that as at all similar to the Suns players running 20+ feet towards an altercation.

In my opinion, the rule is flawed, and the fact that the suspensions wound up having an effect sucks... but, I agree with the decision to suspend them. Fact is, the rule is in place, they violated the rule, and bending the rules just because it's a great series is a dangerous precedent. So basically, I think this was the lesser of two evils.

But I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments and in the poll.

Should Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw have been suspended?
Yes
No

16 comments:

Larry Brown said...

the rule is flawed, and the fact that the suspensions wound up having an effect sucks... but, I agree with the decision to suspend them. Fact is, the rule is in place, they violated the rule, and bending the rules just because it's a great series is a dangerous precedent. So basically, I think this was the lesser of two evils.

You said it perfectly. They'll change the rule over the offseason.

rstiles said...

They knew the rules...the rules have been in place for years...deal with it!!

Sanchez said...

Yeah I agree, it's a shame it affected the series but if they hadn't been suspended then what other punishment could have been used?

These guys are role models to a lot of kids so if they weren't punnished that would have had a detrimental affect on the youngsters watching.

point 23 said...

I just wish the NBA could have used this as an opportunity to change a bad rule on the fly. It just ticks me off that they didn't even do anything and they got suspended. I just wish Stu Jackson could have enacted a "Not Fair" exception this time.

grittysquirrels said...

Yea you got it John. Just because the rule sucks and they're star players doesn't mean an exception can be made. They broke the rule and thats it. Plain and simple.

It's a real tragedy that the rule sucks and is indeed so flawed because may end up ruining this series which I feel will determine this year's champion...really tough call for Sturn on this one, even though he seemed very sure and firm with sticking to the rulebook.

mookie said...

rstiles, we kind of know that the rule has been there, but if you watch your teammate get clocked, what are you supposed to do?

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I believe the rules states that if a player leaves the bench....it does not specify how many feet. If you take that argument, what is it. Five feet. Ten. 14 and a half? It's kind of a silly argument, one not worthy of defending. Stern has some axe to grind and the public will never know for sure what that was.

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