It'll be interesting to see if the NBA will do anything about Dwyane Wade's "hard foul" on Kobe Bryant during the All Star Game. My bet would be "no".
... is more than just a "hard foul". Given the circumstance of the game - a game where the players are actively getting out of the way of offense - I don't think anyone would feel that this foul was a reasonable expectation.
From the NBA rulebook:
Section IV--Flagrant Foul
a. If contact committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary, a flagrant foul--penalty (1) will be assessed. A personal foul is charged to the offender and a team foul is charged to the team.
I fail to see how could Wade's arms coming down hard from behind across Bryant's arms and face be interpreted as 'necessary', or part of an act of playing basketball. Take into account the situation, and how the rest of the players were conducting the game, it was particularly vicious.
But nothing'll come of it. Hell, it's Miami after all!
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“I don’t care what I’m portrayed as,” Wade said after Miami’s first practice following the league’s All-Star break. “It’s unfortunate, obviously. I don’t want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It’s unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it’s not intentional. If it’s something I did intentionally, it’d be a different story.”
“D-Wade didn’t, at all, go for a hard foul,” James said. “He went to wrap his arms up and accidentally hit him in the nose. … He meant to foul him but he didn’t mean to hard-foul him like that.”
So there you go, D-Wade and LBJ say it was all a misunderstanding!
Riiiiight... pair of douches. How the fuck would LeBron know what Wade was thinking anyway?Bryant has been diagnosed with a concussion now, and will have to undergo further testing before being allowed to play.
Andrew Bynum: ""It was an All-Star Game. I don't understand what that was all about. It was crazy."
Pau Gasol: "I think it was out of place, out of line, for the moment and the game that it was, but I don't think he intended to break his nose. He just fouled him kind of hard there and got his nose. But again, I don't think it was the place to foul like that."
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Rondo's elbow last season, the character assassination attempt on Dirk Nowitzki during the Finals, now this. Look forward to Wade wearing some "Thug Life" gear. Altho' it probably won't fit within the *geek cool* thing he and LeBron have going.
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@JMattHicks As Ryen Russillo said on NBA Today, they're like JHS girls:"This is so cool!" "Gee, I like that back-pack." "Wow... Urkel glasses - so cool!" "Are you doing the dunk comp? No? Yeah... me neither."