Friday, April 6, 2012
Brown on Griffin's dunk on Gasol: "That’s an offensive foul"
By Dave McMenamin
Lakers coach Mike Brown doesn't have a DeLorean to take him back to Wednesday evening so he can save Pau Gasol from joining Timofey Mozgov and Kendrick Perkins as Blake Griffin's most battered dunk victims, but that doesn't mean he can't try to add a postscript to the plays by getting the league to admit the dunks should have been disallowed.
Brown told reporters at shootaround Friday in preparation for L.A.'s game against the Houston Rockets that the Lakers have reached out to the league seeking clarification as to why both of Griffin's dunks on Gasol -- a putback in the first quarter and the poster-worthy jam in the third -- weren't called as fouls against Griffin.
"I’m waiting to see an interpretation on the call because it’s a heck of a play [but] I thought if you led with your forearm, I thought that’s an offensive foul," Brown said. "But maybe I don’t know the rules that well. It will be interesting to make sure that I have an explanation or understanding of what the rules are."
Brown said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has reached out to the league office on behalf of the team, searching for answers.
Gasol took umbrage with Griffin's Mozgov-like dunk after the game Wednesday.
"You don't really see what happened," Gasol said. "It was quick, a hit-and-run kind of thing, right? The ball went in, I was on my ass, I woke up, I stood up and told the referee I had a f---ing forearm on my face, on my throat, and that's something that needs to be looked at."
Brown said Griffin's first-quarter dunk on Gasol also should have been an infraction.
"The other one was a heck of a play, too, where he jumped over his back and dunked it," Brown said. "But, Pau, again, he doesn’t leave his feet that high, but he left his feet and he jumped on his back and knocked him out of bounds. I just want to know what the interpretation is on that. I thought that would be an over-the-back foul, even though it was a heck of a play. It will be interesting to see what the call is."
Brown said it is not unusual for the Lakers to contact the league following a game in which they feel there were missed calls. For instance, shortly before the All-Star break, the Lakers reached out about a foul by Dallas' Brendan Haywood against Gasol. The league upgraded Haywood's foul to a flagrant after the fact.
"This is not the first time that we’ve done it nor the first play," Brown said. "Any time you have plays that you see that you don’t understand that you thought that you had an understanding of how the play is supposed to be called and it’s not called that way, then you get clarification just to make sure that you have a great understanding of what the rules are. ...
"They’ll get back and sometimes they’ll say, ‘Yes, we were wrong here,’ or ‘We were right here.’ But they’ll give you clarification after they review it."