Do you like it rough? I thought the NCAA Basketball Tournament was, to say the least, loosely officiated. This is said at the risk of being accused of trying to change basketball to a “sissy” game. I believe that this year the fans of the NCAA and NBA are seeing the roughest play in the history of the great game of basketball.
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, left, grimaces as he is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, right, in the first quarter of Game 1 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Already this year's NBA playoffs has seen its fair share of rough play. Josh Smith is plunking Pierce, Carl Landry is losing teeth and D-West can't stop slapping Dirk around. It's like the 80's in long shorts out there. But which has been the hardest playoff foul to date? Cast your vote below. The other four of the top five candidates:
Jason Kidd flips Jannero Pargo, Game 4. Instead of trying to make the block, a lazy Jason Kidd grabs Pargo by the back of the neck and swings him to the court. Incredibly, Pargo wasn't injured on the fall, but Kidd was ejected thanks to a flagrant-2 foul.
DeShawn Stevenson decapitates LeBron, Game 3. OK, so that's a stretch. DeShawn tries to decapitate LeBron. Still, DS came across the lane and swiped his right arm across the top of James' skull. The hit was enough to knock off the All-Star's headband and send him dropping to the court.
Brendan Haywood shoves LeBron James, Game 2. Following a Game 1 semi-fracas, Haywood pushes LeBron with both hands while the Cavs star is in the air. Haywood was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected from the game.
Raja Bell semi-clotheslines Manu Ginobili, Game 2. Raja drops Manu to the floor knowing the Suns are 15 seconds away from losing Game 2. Did Manu flop a little? It's tough to tell anymore. Was that little crying boy ever eaten by the wolves?
This type of play is not what Dr. Naismith had in mind when he hung the peach baskets on the balcony at Springfield College.
Dr. James Naismith shows his invention to the public in 1893.
Naismith designed the game in 1891 as a non-contact sport,* where agility, speed, dexterity and lightening reflexes would prevail. Having a functioning brain aided greatly to a player’s success on the hardwood.
*Vince Lombardi’s (former Green Bay Packer Coach) definitions:
· Kissing is a contact sport.
· Football is a collision sport.
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