Here is a bonus edition of Comments from the Other Side with comments on the league decision not to suspend anyone for game 5. There is no denying that any suspensions would have hurt the Celtics more than the Hawks and so Hawks fans were rooting for KG and Perk to be suspended. Most of them were calling for Williams to be benched anyway so that wouldn't have bothered them. Here are some of the reactions from Hawks fans on the announcement.
That's crap! This is a business decision by Stern. All the commercials done by Gatorade, ESPN, the league....KG would be too much of a loss...even if he did push a referee!!
The KG and the Perkins/Marvin thing are separate situations....but Marvin/Perkins not getting suspended is a joke considering how Stern kept saying talking about enforcing the rules last year. I also think KG should atleast get fined for that. You can't just pretend like nothing happened when he clearly shoved the ref out the way.
The NBA, where the almightly dollar happens...
If that's the case, I can live with it. The hypocrisy of it will annoy Suns fans to no end. Regardless, the Hawks need to be prepared for a quick whistle and a tightly officiated game five. I wouldn't be surprised if the word from the top is make an example out of someone if they mess up.
Stern hearts the Celtics.
Not really suprised KG didn't get suspended but I'm a little shocked that Marvin or Perkins weren't.
I'm not surprised at all. Honestly, it'd feel even better beating Boston with KG on the court.
its so obvious that he wants a lakers celtics final. screw stern and the politics
According to the letter of the law, players from each team should be (Perkins, Marv especially). However, I guess the League really does want to see the Celtics make it all the way...they know whats up. They know that them losing Perkins (or worse Garnett) is a hell of a lot bigger blow than us losing Marvin.
THE LEAGUE SUCKS!!!! No Suspension = Stern wants Boston in finals...
The letters of this law, were written in pencil....
I'm not mad about Perkins or Marvin getting off, they were innoncent anyways. All they were guilty of was trying to get a closer look. THERE'S FREAKIN VIDEO AND PHOTO EVIDENCE OF KG SHOVING A REF! THAT SHOULD BE AUTOMATIC?!
I knew the NBA was crooked when I read that David Stern advised James Dolan of the New York Knicks to hire Jerry Colangelo as President and Kiki Vandeweigh as GM. Now, what business does the commission of the league have in recommended anyone for any team?
Man that is some BS!!!!! He was quick to give miami a replay but now when this happens they do nothing??? And what about Pierce? He should be suspended too!!!
Stern is a Czar, he doesn't have to follow the rules.
I would have taken a Marvin for Perkins tradeoff. That would have hurt them more than us.
I can't be the only one who thinks this is a good thing. Seriously, this has been a fantastic series and it would be a shame to see it tainted by suspensions, just like it was a shame last year when Amare and Diaw got suspended. All personal interests aside, as a basketball fan, you have to like the fact that the league is going to let a memorable playoff matchup be settled on the court and not in the league office, no?
I am beyond livid. No KG pushed the ref first then the ref grabbed him and then KG really pushed the ref.
This just proves rules are not rules when it benefits a team the NBA wants to win. Garnett touches the ref first in that video and he can break any rule he wants. This disgusts me. IN 05 when Walker was suspended all he did was move the ref over to yell at the ref that gave him a T when he was literally protecting his young teammate from Jermaine O'Neil who had almost pushed him down and the media was all over Walker being suspended and all he did was move the ref. Every single one of these hypocrite news people like Steven A Smith and ESPN agreed with the suspension. The rule states if you touch a ref you get suspended PERIOD. There is no debate unless you Kevin Garnett apparently.
Did anyone honestly believe that KG would be suspended? No need to your hopes up. He got T-ed up for throwing an elbow after the whistle, but the ref didn't give him a second T for shoving him around. No way that he was going to be suspended if he wasn't ejected from the game.
I was pretty certain only Marv and Perkins were going to be suspended. But hey, its good to have Marv here. However, with the way both Marv and Perkins have played THIS SERIES, losing Perkins would have easily hurt the Celtics a little more.
As we all know stern is doomed either way. 80 percent of both sides currently think he is impacting the series to screw their team and it happens in most series.
On the marvin/perkins you have to suspend both or neither. That rule enforcement used to be 100 percent automatic and then they relaxed it for the most part.so I am not surprised that they let it slide when neither guy got involved or went very far On garnett, I think the big shove looks bad at first but if you look he's not really pushing the ref as much as he is yanking his arms back from the ref aggressively to get him to let go. I definitely think it could have been a suspension but I don't think its automatic. By the same token zaza headbutted him and I thought that would be an automatic suspension. Again I think you have to suspend both or neither.
I am really stunned by this. I would have thought Stern would want to be consistent after taking the hard line last year. They irreversibly altered the Western Conference finalist and ultimately the champion last year. Now they won't meddle with a first round series. Unbelievable.
The Celtics are struggling against the lowest seed in all the playoffs. They could have lost Perkins and KG. Had they lost them for just game 5, it's likely that we would have won the series. Stern's ruling is simply to snub us. Maybe we don't have the fanbase of a Boston Celtic. Maybe our record is not where people want it. However, what we have been a party to (a victim of) is not the system changing for more leniency... but that of the system changing to benefit the league as a whole. Stern just conveniently changed the rules to give his team an upperhand.
Photo shop of David Stern with a red bozo nose, red clown wig, and a KG / Celtics jersey. Can we make posters of that for game 6.