Some people are PISSED OFF about Trevor Ariza’s take down of Rudy Fernandez. The above video, courtesy of Can’t Stop the Bleeding, shows a certain individual who didn’t take too kindly to the Ariza’s foul, and he isn’t afraid to express himself about the matter.
Apparently, the gentleman lost a little respect for Team Kobe.
As for the fallout, how’s this for irony: Trevor Ariza, the foul giver in all this, is not being suspended. His ejection was apparently good enough. On the other hand, the Lamar Odom business has been decided and guess what? Odom is going to be taking a League-invited one game vacation because he was snared by the “no leaving the bench area” goon squad.
The cost of Odom’s push and subsequent stare down with Brandon Roy (1:38 mark)? $104,000. Oddly enough, before the suspension was handed down, Odom offered his defense:
“No, I stayed on the bench,” Odom said after the game. “I stood up. I didn’t go nowhere. They’ll [the NBA] see it and they’ll see I didn’t go nowhere.”
Um, not so much, there, Lamar. Still, what kind of backwards world do we live in if the one who committed the foul doesn’t get punished, but a player who responds to the crowd surging his way gets suspended?
If Odom didn’t square up with Roy, he would probably be playing against the Houston Rockets tonight. Oh well, at least he doesn’t have to deal with Ron Artest.
We’re back on the Rudy Fernandez/Trevor Ariza incident again, but this time, the two “combatants” aren’t the focus of this post. According to ESPN, Lakers forward Lamar Odom is being investigated by the NBA’s front office to see if his actions warrant a suspension. In other words, the “leaving the bench” rule is back in the news. Thankfully, however, a Spurs/Suns playoff series isn’t on the line as we await the findings concerning Odom’s actions.
What they will be looking at is when Odom and Brandon Roy squared off with each other before Odom gets pushed back to the bench area by an assistant coach. It’s at the 1:38 mark in the lead video.
Following the letter of the law David Stern so vehemently defended on the Dan Patrick show following the Phoenix Suns suspensions, Odom should, in fact, be punished for mixing it up with Roy. He clearly stepped away from the bench area to do so, and like the commissioner so eloquently said, the NBA’s leaders can’t pick and choose what rules they enforce.
Following that rationale, I would expect Odom to be serving at least a one-game suspension.
The irony here is, the catalyst for all the unpleasantness, Ariza, will not be suspended by the league for his foul. Commit a foul that makes the basketball world sit up and take notice and you get nothing but an in-game ejection. Get up off of the bench during the fallout of said foul and you’ll probably get suspended by league. See how that works?
Now, I’m not doubting the fact it hurts when you get knocked to the hardwood during a basketball game, especially when you are running at full speed, followed by a jump towards the rim. If something should happen during your flight and you get knocked out of the air, I know it hurts. But is it as bad as Rudy Fernandez acted when Trevor Ariza made contact with his head, causing Fernandez to land awkwardly?
Below is the video of the incident — all eight minutes of it — and to me, it doesn’t look like Ariza was trying to be dirty or even flagrant. He made a play on the ball and missed. Fernandez’ reaction was a little surprising. I guess I didn’t expect the play to hurt him as badly as it apparently did.
I’m guessing the stretcher and the neck brace were for precautionary measures because it doesn’t even look like Fernandez’ head makes contact with the floor, although, there was a whip-like reaction. According to Oregon Live, Fernandez has a soft tissue injury to his chest and side area. X-rays and CT scans were negative.
In other news, the Blazers absolutely smashed the Lakers, winning 111-94. That’s not a bad statement to make for a young team fighting for strong seed in the upcoming NBA playoffs.
Phoenix Suns G/F Grant Hill is expected to miss a couple of weeks after undergoing a successful appendectomy yesterday. However, because of Hill’s history of injuries, his procedure is being used as an opportunity to point out he’s still injury-prone.
Um, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I’d categorize a situation that requires your appendix to be removed as an injury… an illness perhaps, but it’s not like Hill tore his appendix up going up for a dunk and landing incorrectly. But I guess that’s just me. Although, I guess Hill’s appendix could’ve gotten hurt when Trevor Ariza dunked all over him during the Christmas Day Suns/Lakers match-up.
Well, folks, it’s that time where we look back at some of the sports memories of year. Yes, the impending New Year is a great time for best of lists and the like. Because the sporting world is becoming so much more encompassing than when I was younger, there are an absolute plethora of plays to choose from. So instead of giving a comprehensive list with the claim of “Best ___ of the Year,” I thought I’d give you a collection of some great pwnage-style plays that helped make the 2007 sports year so enjoyable, most of which will be accompanied by the appropriate YouTube selection.
Without further adieu, here’s my collection of some pwnage that stood out during this past year.
Boise State Beats Oklahoma
What better way to get the New Year started than with a great college football bowl game that seems to prove some of these smaller schools can play with the big boys? Who can forget the incredible Statue of Liberty extra-point play that cemented the win for Boise State? Of course, it’s also hard to forget Chris Myers spoiling Ian Johnson’s proposal to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics by running his mouth beforehand. Nice going Myers. Here are the highlights of the great game, complete with the Statue of Liberty and that sick lateral that saved Boise’s bacon.
Lebron Destroys Detroit
During the NBA Playoffs, there is usually at least one performance that captivates the sports watching nation. David Stern’s spineless handling of Phoenix/San Antonio series notwithstanding, the game that stood out this past year was game 5 of the Detroit/Cleveland conference final match-up.
As many NBA fans understand, players make their fame in crunch time, and boy, did Lebron ever take that lesson to heart. In the fifth game of the series, Lebron decided to put his personal stamp on the playoffs by scoring 48 points and single-handedly leading his team over the Pistons.
To do so, King James scored Cleveland’s final 25 points… and 29 of its final 30. If that isn’t taking a game over, I don’t know what is. The crowning jewel of Lebron’s performance was one of the most ridiculous, in-traffic, one-handed dunks I’ve ever seen. As the above picture indicates, James was head-high when he threw the upcoming dunk down. Goodness. While Cleveland went on to lose in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Lebron did his best to let everyone know the path to the finals goes through Cleveland… at least for now.
Baron Davis Destroys Andre Kirilenko
Speaking of incredible playoff dunks, Baron Davis decided he’d add to the cavalcade by absolutely hammering one down over the AK-47 himself, Andre Kirilenko. Perhaps AK shouldn’t have rotated over…
Trevor Ariza: Dunk of the Year?
Sorry for all the dunk clips (they do make for some of the best Pwnage entries though), but I have to ask: Is Trevor Ariza’s dunk over Grant Hill during the recent Christmas Day Lakers/Suns match-up the best of year? If not, it’s going to be hard to outdo it, even with Lebron and Baron Davis’ offerings.
My goodness Trevor. Don’t hurt anybody up there.
OK, for my MLB pick, I had to resort to someone who’s opinion I respect a lot more than my own when it comes to all things baseball: Sooze from Babes Love Baseball. While I’m certainly not a baseball hater, my knowledge and recall isn’t anything close to some of the other experts out there. Thanks to Sooze’s help, I think we have a great play for our Yearly Pwnage recap:
The Phillies triple-play against the Cincinnati Reds in April of 2007. The triple play was the first one of the 2007 MLB Season and the first one for the Phils since 1999. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an embeddable video of the play, but MLB.com does have a streaming version on the link I provided above.
Sigh, when will MLB and the NFL get over themselves in regards to YouTube and allowing embeds? Folks, it only helps make your product MORE POPULAR… but I digress.
The bold says it all. Everyone remembers the game-ending play provided by Trinity University and all those insane laterals that eventually resulted in them getting into the end zone and the win column. Any words I offer can’t do this play any justice, so I’ll just zip it and let you enjoy the play.
Words fail me.
OK, before I make this post an even larger scroll monster, I’ll leave you with my pwnage/play of the year, courtesy of Stevie Johnson, the University of Kentucky football team and the UofL Cardinal defensive secondary. I’m guessing the Cardinal fans wanted Bobby Petrino back after this particular game was over.
I don’t remember much of what happened the rest of the evening after all that…
Unfortunately, one of my favorite plays of the year–Randy Moss’ elbow catch–doesn’t have a proper video detailing just how awesome it really was, so I’ll have to let KSK back me up on this. I haven’t seen an elbow make such a definitive play since Karl Malone used his to blast Isiah Thomas for abusing John Stockton in light of Thomas getting snubbed from the original Dream Team.
Anyway, I hope you all have a stupendous New Year’s Eve celebration and a successful 2008. Intentional Foul will be back next year, so don’t miss out on our shenanigans. Happy New Year, folks. Be safe.