Sunday, April 18, 2010
The NBA vs. Kevin Garnett's elbow
By Henry Abbott
In assessing Kevin Garnett's suspension for a thrown elbow in Game 1 against the Heat on Saturday, Zach Lowe of CelticsHub compiles a must-see video dossier of similar past incidents involving Kobe Bryant, Trevor Ariza, Rafer Alston, Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace and others.
Lowe's concludes that Celtic fans have little room to argue the NBA's decision to suspend Garnett:
The precedent is clear: You throw an elbow intended to hit someone above the chest, and you’re facing a suspension. And if the league wants to keep up a strong campaign against fighting and blows to the head, it almost has to suspend KG. If you carve out exceptions for blind elbows or elbows thrown in the middle of crazy situations, you’re opening the door for greater uncertainty.
You can’t do what KG did in that spot. It’s too dangerous.