Tuesday , Feb , 05 , 2013 Basketball John

Lakers File Complaint With The NBA About Hard Fouls On Howard

Lakers filed an official complaint with the league for excessive hard fouls on Dwight Howard.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is this going to turn into quarterbacks in football where no one is allowed to touch star players? This is ridiculous.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak filed an official complaint with the league this week regarding hard fouls on their brittle center, Dwight Howard.

“There’s a protocol to airing opinions or complaints with the NBA.  And we’ve done that,” said Kupchak

I wonder if there is a protocol for being a horrible general manager. Kupchak should focus more on why he’s assembled a group of players and coaches that have no business being on the same team together because they all play different styles of ball. Instead, he’s crying to the league about his center being fouled too hard. You can see in the video below that the foul on Howard wasn’t even that hard of a foul. Maybe he’s just brittle?

“The game has evolved and like a lot of other sports where attention is now being given to protect players, the NBA is interested in doing so as well. I don’t know if they will review our concerns, but [hard fouls] have resulted in injury to one of our players.”

In case Kupchak’s been living under a rock, a lot of teams have been dealing with injuries. Rondo’s out for the season. Derrick Rose has been out since last years playoff run. No other team is complaining about hard fouls. The Clippers weren’t crying to the league about fouls on Blake Griffin, so why do the Lakers think they’re so special?

Howard wants to be out on the court, but the reality is he needs to heal. “I don’t want to sit out — period,” said Howard. “I know how important I can be to our team’s success, but at the same time I don’t want what happened last year to happen again.”

The reality with Kupchak is he’s managed to assemble one of the leagues most expensive payrolls that can’t produce. It’s not injury. It’s chemistry. And this team simply doesn’t have it.

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