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Why Hasn’t the NBA Suspended the Ref Who Threw a Ball at a Fan?

Have you noticed the absolute silence on this issue?  Nothing from the NBA.  Nothing from the sports writers.  Nothing from the players association.

Silence.

If you aren’t familiar with what happened here it is:

So we have an NBA official, Mr. Joe Derosa throwing a basketball at a fan who throws it back at him.  You can say ‘throw’, ‘toss’, whatever you want to call it but it doesn’t change the fact that an NBA ref initiated this exchange with a fan walking by.

Could you imagine an umpire in MLB doing this?   An NFL official?  Or even an NBA player?

And you can’t say this was a joke because Derosa then tried to get the fan thrown out by calling over security.

Derosa should have been immediately suspended from the rest of the playoffs and the NBA should have said we don’t condone this behavior.  Exactly what they would have done if a player had done this.  And why hasn’t the players association come out against this?

Maybe he’ll get suspended today but you can’t find any sports writers clamoring for his suspension or calling out the NBA once again with their officiating.  One day, the NBA will wake up and make their officials less player friendly like in baseball and football where you can’t touch them or it’s a penalty or an ejection.  I’ve never understood why the NBA let’s players come over and put their arm around officials.

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Lakers vs Magic on Sunday

So I actually watched most of an NBA game yesterday…well ok…maybe most of the 2nd half.  That was an accomplishment as I was more interested in Michigan State vs Michigan.

That horrible call by Bennett Salvatore almost swung the game to the Lakers…horrible call at the end of the game when he said that the alley-oop on the out of bounds play was in the cylinder.  That is the type of call that sets off NBA fans and the horrible officiating that takes place.  That entire game was called poorly for both teams…all the touch fouls, etc.  But that idiot made a game changing call taking away two points from the Magic in a critical moment.  Why would any official make that call?  He should be suspended a game for that.

Kobe…why haven’t you learned to play in an offense?  Yes, you can make a few passes here and there but you have no idea how to operate in an offense.  Lots of horrible shots by you down the stretch…sure some went in but they weren’t good shots.  And my favorite is after he hits the long 2 which he thinks is a 3..he starts celebrating to the camera and to the crowd but not with his teammates.  Hey how about thanking the guy who set that screen?  and then it gets called a two and he looks like an idiot.  love it.

Did I enjoy the game on Sunday?  Let’s just say that I wish someone had a replay of the Michigan St/Michigan game instead.  See you in the playoffs NBA.