Stern defends Stoudemire, Diaw ruling, blames Suns
NBA commissioner David Stern vigorously defended the league's suspension of Phoenix Suns players Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for Wednesday night's Game 5 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Speaking in an interview on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Patrick Show", Stern said the league has to abide by rules mandating a one-game suspension if a player leaves the bench during an altercation.
"Our players have to learn that they can't leave the bench and move 20 feet down the line, wherever it is, ...
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THE GREAT SUSPENSION DEBATE
After Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw of Phoenix were suspended one game for leaving the bench following Robert Horry's knockdown of Steve Nash late in Suns-Spurs Game 4, a flurry of reaction ensued.
NEWS AND COMMENTARY
• NBA suspends Amare, Diaw for leaving bench
• Amare reacts to suspension, calls out Duncan
• Stern defends Stoudemire, Diaw suspensions
• Experts hit all angles of suspensions
• Simmons: Common sense vs. NBA rulebook
• Stein: How Suns might adjust in Game 5
• Daily Dime: The night of the collision
• Keown: Cheap reward for cheap shot
• Jemele Hill: Right call
• Dan Patrick with David Stern ... Transcript
• Keith and Dan react to defiant Commish
• Mike Tirico: Amare, Boris messed up
• Greg Anthony: Bench rule is 'gospel'
• Jon Barry: Suns lost without 'em
• D'Antoni: NBA needs to review its policy
• Charles Barkley wants spirit of rules followed
• Jim O'Brien: Why suspending is wrong call
• Stu Jackson says ruling was "no brainer"