This loses all sense of fairness

This loses all sense of fairness

There are 36 comments on the Newsday story from May 16, 2007, titled This loses all sense of fairness. In it, Newsday reports that:

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United States

#21 May 16, 2007
What's with all the hate? I don't agree with an NBA rule, or ANY rule, not being open to common sense. The NBA did what they had to do, in their eyes, but, even though it is CORRECT, it is still WRONG, and I think most everyone knows what I mean.

Once again, why all the hate? Damn, I have nothing but respect for SA for what they've managed to do, forging a dynasty and making themselves a force in the NBA. Why do I, as a Suns fan, have to hear nothing but childish trash talking because my team is trying to do the same thing? Show some respect to get some respect, I always say.

No one can say this isn't a very good series between two great ball clubs fighting tooth and nail. Disagreements happen, but that doesn't take away from the fact that these are two worthy opponents.

Madison, WI

#22 May 16, 2007
Why aren't Duncan and Bowen being suspended for leaving the bench in the first half?

Madison, WI

#23 May 16, 2007
There was no confrontaton by either Amare or Diaw either.
Proud Spurs Fan

United States

#24 May 16, 2007
Suns Fan wrote:
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I think I've read it somewhere, but I read that it is supposed to be: No one is to leave the bench area farther than 25 feet. Is this right?
No, it does not specify farther than 25 feet. I think by replays caught on tape you can clearly see the intent when someones whole body goes forward, facial expresions, and so on. In video intent is very clear...There were lots of players that did not react on both sides and the ones that did were suspended.

Toronto, Canada

#25 May 16, 2007
This is what happens when you get a guy who ran the Vancouver Grizzles out of town with his moves. This is the same guy who drafted Bryant Big Country Reeves (remember him) and promptly gave him a $60 million contract. So this move by Stu Jackson does not surprise me because he has a history of making stupid illogical decisions that hurt his employer. How this guy has a job is something that baffles me to this day. The longer this idiot is running the league the more we will be left scratching our heads wondering what happened to this game we love

“Is It Football Season Yet?!!”

Since: Apr 07


#26 May 16, 2007
These PHX haters are enjoying this, aren't they?! Its good to know that the Spurs and Lakers fans have one thing in common-no class! To be in here reveling in the fact that the opposing team has lost two of it top players is sickening. I've always been taught that to be the best you have to beat the best! I guess that's not the case in San Antonio! Enjoy it while you can, Spurs fans, it'll be your last win of the season if you can pull it off!

United States

#27 May 16, 2007
That whacky play of Popovich and Horry's reminds me a little of when Boise State broke open a moldy old playbook at the end of the Fiesta Bowl. Of course that was sort of magical while the Spurs are merely thugs.

Woodridge, IL

#28 May 16, 2007
That was not fair because if you was in the nba and someone did that to your teamate you would have got off the bench too.

Since: Mar 07

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#29 May 16, 2007
Carrie, Selwyn and Drew, all from Kent, OH, all posting in favour of the Spurs within minutes of each other. Hmmm, what a strange coincidence......

It is unfortunate that the Suns have had two players suspended for following the first instinct most guys would have, which is to go to the aid of a team-mate who has been the subject of a cowardly foul by an opponent. But the rule does state that players are not to leave the bench area in such situations, and by not getting their emotions quickly under control, Stoudemire and Diaw broke that rule and have been punished accordingly.

I believe that the rule IS unfair, when applied to situations such as this - but if the league introduces a 'grey area', and leaves such incidents open to interpretation, then there will be even more cases of injustice. The best way is to have a clear and succinct rule that is applied the same way every time. The NBA has that at the moment, but whether the current rule is the BEST possible rule is up for debate - my personal opinion is that if a player leaves the bench acting in a defensive manner, i.e the opponents instigated the altercation, they should be subject to a heavy financial penalty, but should not be suspended from games. Hopefully this case will encourage the league to look at re-defining their stance on such incidents.
Stern_is_an_idio t


#30 May 16, 2007
Selwyn wrote:
Let me enlighten all of you San Antonio Spurs haters: Tim Duncan did step onto the floor. However, and again however, he did not do so during an obvious scuffle between two other players.
Duncan simply reacted to one of the Suns' players landing awkwardly on one of his teammates. If you idiots bothered to look at the video again, you would have been able to deduce that simple fact for yourselves, instead of crying like some punk-ass bitches in heat!
But the rule is the rule. As has been stated, we don't know what was in his heart.
Not From Madison

United States

#31 May 16, 2007
None of this matters. Neither of these 2 teams are beating the Knicks in the Finals. Haha.

Isiah you suck. Enough bullshit. We need the Knicks in the playoffs again
David J

Oakville, Canada

#32 May 16, 2007
I have not seen such goonish play since the days of Ice Hockeys' Broad Street Bullies. If anyone thinks the attack on Steve Nash was anything other than premeditated then they must have had their head in the fridge. The person in the penalty box should have been the Spurs' coach. If players want to fight & hurt their opponents then they should enter the octagon one-on-one & stay away from Basketball.

Phoenix, AZ

#33 May 16, 2007
There was no "bright line" when Stoudemire and Diaw left the bench there was no altercation, just a hard foul and a player on the floor. When the altercation began they returned to the bench.

When Duncan the bench after in the second quarter Bowen followed to get him off the floor so he clearly expect and altercation and Duncan returned to the bench because there wasn't an altercation.

It seems that Diaw's and Stoudemire's infraction was less than Duncan's and Bowen's.

Dallas, TX

#34 May 16, 2007
Never heard so much crying like what is going on in this forum.

San Clemente, CA

#35 May 17, 2007
the suns put up a good fight, but let it slip away in the end.

this series is too damn exciting (after this round the playoffs are pretty much over in my mind).

i''d love to see the suns take game 6 in SA so that it goes ALL 7 games!

very fun to watch.

United States

#36 May 17, 2007
I'm trying to channel my negative feelings about the Spurs into a more positive form. So I made a tiny movie.

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