Saturday , Jun , 02 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Detroit Pistons & Antonio McDyess Get Discretion From NBA & Avoid Suspension, No Such Luxury Extended To Boris Diaw, Amare Stoudemire, & Phoenix Suns

Watch Antonio McDyess’ fore-arm to the head of Andreson Varejao … The NBA gave the Piston forward some leeway and decided against suspedning him for game six … Is this hypocritical? … Two weeks ago, Commissioner Stern suspended Stoudemire and Diaw for leaving the bench, saying there was no gray area with the rules .. Weigh in with your thoughts …

Below is ’ game five foul on . McDyess, a favorite son of the NBA and a forward, avoided a suspension even though he went U.F.C on the pesky Varejao.

The NBA’s ruling is important for a couple reasons. First, since McDyess avoided a suspension, the Pistons don’t have to alter their playing rotation. No doubt about it, Detroit missed McDyess in the second-half of game five.

This is the right decision. The NBA should do everything within their power to ensure both teams have their best players on the floor for the Eastern Conference finals.

Second, the NBA suddenly possesses the ability to exercise discretion when assessing suspensions for flagrant fouls. Apparently, McDyess’ reputation as a nice guy influenced the NBA’s decision not to suspend the forward.

This is interesting. Two weeks ago, the NBA had zero ability to interpret rules when suspending Phoenix’s Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire for leaving the bench to defend/check-on teammate Steve Nash.

There was no gray area. Rules were black-and-white.

These are two separate incidents. A fore-arm to the face and leaving the bench are different situations.

However, the NBA came down softly on McDyess because he’s a solid citizen. So why didn’t Stoudemire and Diaw receive the same luxury for exercising restraint after Steve Nash got mugged by Robert Horry?

Personally, I’m sick of writing about the suspensions and fallout from the Phoenix-San Antonio series.

Still, the NBA can’t randomly choose when to enforce the rules based on the letter of the law and when to exercise discretion by interpreting the spirit of rules.

By getting it right and not suspending McDyess, the NBA has shown how wrong they were in suspending Diaw and Stoudemire.

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