Video: Was Stevenson vs. Haslem a suspendable offence?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s irrelevant. But only because the Dallas Mavericks won game six and the NBA Title.
In the first half of game six, the Mavericks’ DeShawn Stevenson and Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem exchanged shoves. Several players on both teams left their bench, which is a no-no.
A player is automatically suspended one game by league VP Stu Jackson, also known as the worst GM in the history of sports, for leaving the bench during an altercation.
So, it looked like the Mavericks and Heat would both be shorthanded for game seven.
There won’t be a game seven, though. The Mavericks won the series. And players, like Joel Anthony and Brian Cardinal, had an out because Stevenson and Haslem’s incident occurred during a timeout.
Still, it would’ve been interesting to see what the NBA would’ve done if there was a game seven.
My thought: Corporal/Commissioner Stern and lackey Stu would have issued a suspension of sorts just to prove a point.
After all, they’ve typically ruled by the letter of the law, and not the spirit of the law.
Even when common sense should rule the day. And even if it would’ve overshadowed game seven of the NBA Finals.
(Did this incident warrant a suspension?)
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