Chris McCosky vents about the NBA’s Star treatment when it comes to the Zero Tolerance rule.
“Did you happen to catch the Cavaliers-Wizards game on Saturday night? It was vintage.
LeBron James blew up twice at referee Ken Mauer with complete impunity. The first time, in the second quarter, James thought he got hit in the head on his drive to the basket. He ran up into Mauer’s face, slapping his own head to show Mauer what had happened.
OK, you let that one go – heat of the moment. Then, in the fourth quarter, James got hit again and again he got into Mauer’s face. “Call the (bleeping) foul, Ken!”
Trust me on this, had Rasheed Wallace done that twice in one game – especially to Mauer – he would have been tossed. Here’s what it’s like to be Rasheed. He’s sitting on the bench minding his own business on Saturday against the Rockets. Assistant coach Ron Harper and others are chirping at a bad call (another bad call) by referee Leon Wood. Wood blows his whistle – technical foul, Pistons bench. On who, Coach Flip Saunders wants to know? “All of them,” Wood says. Well, you can’t cite the entire bench, so Wood, at halftime, had to pick one – naturally, he picked Wallace.
But King James rages twice in Mauer’s face and gets nothing.
Then along comes poor Damon Jones. Just three plays after James’ explosion, Jones thought he was whacked on a three-point shot. He, in a much calmer tone, said to Mauer, “You didn’t see me get hit on the arm?”
Boom, technical foul. Jones, understandably says, “What?” And Mauer hits him again and tosses him.
The message is pretty clear, isn’t it? The rules are a little different for James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and a handful of others. To the league, it’s just the price of marketing. To me, it’s a farce.” Chris McCosky via Hoops World
Stu Jackson , vice president of operations for the NBA, informed Pistons president Joe Dumars that the technical assessed to Rasheed Wallace on Saturday had been rescinded. Wallace, who has four technicals, hasn’t picked up one in six games. Via The Detroit News