Metta: NBA Doesn't Protect Dwight

Re: Metta: NBA Doesn't Protect Dwight

Postby therealdeal on Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:37 pm

No, an intentional shove in the back when someone is in the air should always be a flagrant foul. I don't care who it is or what the end result is. When a person who is shoved

Incidental contact like elbows on faces in traffic shouldn't be flagrant fouls.

I don't care who the person is. There's no magic here. There's no officiating him differently. It's about officiating him the same as a perimeter player.

Why are you having trouble with this? It doesn't even have to do with his free throw shooting. This isn't about him, it's about the way referees treat big men in this league. If LeBron was shoved in the back it'd be a flagrant two. If Ty Lawson was shoved in the back it'd be flagrant two. If Dwight (or Horford or Pekovic) is shoved in the back it's a normal foul.

That doesn't make sense.

Obviously he should make his free throws, but that shouldn't stop the right call from being made in the first place.
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Re: Metta: NBA Doesn't Protect Dwight

Postby JSM on Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:15 am

Dwight weighs in

Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times wrote:Metta World Peace is averaging 1 1/2 assists a game, but the one he had over the weekend was eagerly scooped up by Lakers teammate Dwight Howard.

While World Peace fought his own battle against flagrant fouls, as in the many called against him, he suggested the NBA wasn't protecting Howard from a slew of hard fouls.

Howard's response? Hey, thanks.

"I don't want a backlash of people thinking I'm trying to cry about stuff, but most of the injuries, or all of the injuries, that I've had the past couple of years have come from fouls," he said in an interview Sunday. "It started with my eyes, and people slapping me in the face. Then I ended up hurting my back because people just jump on my back as I'm coming up [to shoot]. And this season my shoulder. Hopefully it stops here.

"I'm not going to stop playing and I'm going to fight through it, but [World Peace] is right. A lot of stuff happens and it just gets overlooked because of my size or whatever."

Like World Peace, Howard has flagrant-foul problems of his own — they are tied for the league lead with five "points" in the NBA's penalty system. One more flagrant will lead to at least a one-game suspension, perhaps two games.

But Howard seemed to enjoy talking about the other side of the hard-foul coin Sunday.

"I'm not complaining about it. I understand it, for the most part. I get fouled almost every single play and I know that the refs are not going to call it," he said. "For me, I just have to play through it and try not to get injured. Sometimes it's tough because I try a quick shot before I get fouled and I end up missing instead of just going up through the contact. As I get stronger, as my body gets back to being where it was before I got injured, I've just got to keep playing through it."
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Re: Metta: NBA Doesn't Protect Dwight

Postby therealdeal on Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:56 am

"I'm not complaining about it. I understand it, for the most part. I get fouled almost every single play and I know that the refs are not going to call it," he said. "For me, I just have to play through it and try not to get injured. Sometimes it's tough because I try a quick shot before I get fouled and I end up missing instead of just going up through the contact. As I get stronger, as my body gets back to being where it was before I got injured, I've just got to keep playing through it."


This is just so painfully obvious out there. His shots are rushed and when they're not rushed they're so damn slow my old butt might be able to block it. I think the summer is going to do wonders for him mentally, if not physically.
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