Officials watch players' behavior

Officials watch players' behavior

There are 15 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 15, 2006, titled Officials watch players' behavior. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The Indiana Pacers, in particular center David Harrison , have already found out about the league's zero-tolerance rule.

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same old same old

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Oct 16, 2006
Throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to Harrington,throw it in to Harrington,throw it in to Harrington,what happen to the up temple offence?
Lori Rutherford

United States

#2 Oct 16, 2006
The Pacers' reputation has gone downhill so badly, I don't think the "no tolerance" policy will affect them. They think they are just rich all-stars and do do wrong!
I'm over them

Leipsic, OH

#3 Oct 16, 2006
When is Harrision going to learn that he has the stuff to be a damned good center in this league, if--a BIG if--he can learn to control his mouth?

I hope it's soon--he's wasting himself the way things are now.

Rising Sun, IN

#4 Oct 16, 2006
It's time for a change. Get rid of these thugs.

Sheridan, IN

#5 Oct 16, 2006
It's about time the league is doing something about all the whineing going on on the court. After the fines, they should be made to go sit in a corner until they learn to behave.
Fred Scott

South Bend, IN

#6 Oct 16, 2006
Granted there is too much crying and
complaining by players and coaches. But, when the hell will the NBA do something to improve the quality of basketball officials. Each ref wants to put his own spin or interpretation
on the rules. There is no consistency.
There are different rules for various players and situations. Enforce the rules how they are written everytime. This alone would go a long way in eliminating everyone's complaints.Some of these so called officials are just plain jerks and have no business even attending a game. As a group, they must share part of the blame for the tarnished image pro basketball now displays. They are ruining a great game.
Pacer fan from SATX

San Antonio, TX

#7 Oct 16, 2006
Not only will the NBA Plantation be better looking (Dress Code '05-'06), but more well mannered this year. the players have to address the referees with "yasser masser"...?

Fishers, IN

#8 Oct 16, 2006
It's about time.. This was way overdue! i'm tired of pro ball players who cry about the calls.. just play the game!
Bobby Sanchez

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 16, 2006
I attended the game on Saturday night and I was, as usual, unimpressed with Stephen Jackson. His apparent lack of motivation and lack of aggressive attitude is frustrating to watch. He was this way before the incident so I don't buy that it is because he is banged up. In an up tempo offense a player must sprint up the floor, filling the lanes if they want the ball. Stephen at most will jog; therefore his touches seem to be limited to half court sets. I believe he needs to feel like he is the number one option or else he will give a half-hearted effort. This leaves the Pacers at a huge disadvantage. I would like to see Marquis Daniels start at the shooting guard position. His desire to prove himself on a new team should produce full throttle energy levels and his ability to finish around the basket would be a great complement to the starting line up.
david watts

United States

#10 Oct 16, 2006
good article, Indy is a great place to live. The Indy star is a good newapaper
Jeff Wertz

Elkhart, IN

#11 Oct 16, 2006
I can't express how happy I am about this new emphasis on sportsmanship and respect.

The players' behavior and attitudes when things didn't go their way have been a blemish on the league for some time, and I hope this will help clean it up. From my perspective, a lot of these players appear like spoiled babies with all their whining, and foul-mouthed ones at that. Not exactly the kind of behavior I want my children looking up to.

We have several players on our team who have issues with them. I think it's too bad the individual franchises didn't hold the standard high enough and take care of this problem themselves internally. However, I am glad the league is going to step in and try to correct the situation.

Obviously there has to be some room for players' emotions, and in the inevitable frustration that will ensue calls that go against them, particularly in critical game situations. I'm guessing those lines will be somewhat less-than-defined and even inconsistent at times, due to human imperfection and the somewhat subjective nature of the interpretation of the player's behavior. Still, an imperfect improvement is better than no improvement.

The old adage of "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" will in this case be reinforced with the fact that in some situations,'how' you play the game may in fact affect whether you win or lose.

I'm glad the Commissioner has had the courage to first enact a more professional dress code, and now take that a step farther to deal with more professional conduct.

Eminence, IN

#12 Oct 16, 2006
I'm still waiting for someone to step up and take charge of this team. I realize that people like Reggie are rare, but this team needs a leader not complainers or convicts for that matter. This isn't Pacer basketball


#13 Oct 16, 2006
David Harrison acts like a kid that's been spoiled rotten. When you see guys like Josh Powell, and Rawle Marshall just fighting for a chance to wear an NBA uniform, it upsets your stomach to see David wearing one. The time for David Harrison to wake up and act like an adult is over, I'd ship him out so fast his head would spin if they could get a player similar in value in return. His constant mouthing off during games, and then acting like he's out of control when he has to sit is a bore. This is what these rich athletes are going to, and unfortunately for all parties involved their time is going to be short lived with the paying fans - regardless what city they end up in.

Grow up David!
Some guy

Terre Haute, IN

#14 Oct 16, 2006
same old same old wrote:
Throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to O'Neal,throw it in to Harrington,throw it in to Harrington,throw it in to Harrington,what happen to the up temple offence?
Uh, the term is "up tempo", not "up temple", you knucklehead.

Fishers, IN

#15 Oct 16, 2006
Some guy wrote:
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Uh, the term is "up tempo", not "up temple", you knucklehead.

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