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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 01:38am
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1. Curious about others thoughts on stopping/not stopping the game when Rose and Najara collided and went down under the SA basket in the 4th Q with about 4:30 left. SA was leading 102-99 and got the rebound. They proceeded to advance the ball up court and hesitated, Najara got up and ran back on defense as Rose continued to lay on the floor, then SA scored making it 104-99. Dallas inbounded and came back down the court with Rose still down under the basket. Dirk took it in on a drive and was fouled, then stepped on Rose's ankle and hopped over the rest of him. Also a SA asst. was down there attending to/watching over Rose at during this drive to the basket and he sort of pushed Dirk away from Rose.
When would you have stopped the action for the injury/safety of the downed player, if at all? Also, would you handle it differently in a pro game than a NFHS or NCAA game? Who bears the greater responsibility for looking out for the injured player? His team (take a TO since they have the ball and don't score), or the officials (stop the game if he is at risk of further injury)?

2. What is this about fouling Bowen away from the ball, including even fouling him while he is OOB after making a throw-in!!??
The NBA has some rule that you can do this in the last 2 minutes of the game or it is one free throw that anyone may shoot and possession again, but shouldn't this be they way it is the whole game?
There was even a clip on ESPN with two officials (Bennett Salvatore was one) talking about Dallas doing this on purpose and how to handle it.
My conclusion is that the NBA needs to address this problem.
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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 02:55am
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Ok, I just typed my response and hit some "magic button" on the keyboard and it disappeared. AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!
So here goes again...

About the fouling.

In the last TWO minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime, if a player is fouled AWAY FROM THE PLAY, the penalty is to reward the offended team one free throw (which any player on the floor at the time may shoot) plus possession.
I believe this rule came about due to Wilt Chamberlain's poor free throw shooting and the fact that teams would take their chances fouling him to get the ball back at the end of a tight game.

In the first three quarters, there is a similar penalty when a player is fouled PRIOR to the ball being released on a free throw. That penalty is the offended PLAYER is awarded TWO free throws no matter if the penalty situation exists.

IMO the NBA rule is superior to what is done in NF/NCAA.
Under those rules, you have the "option" of calling an intentional foul in those cases, but I stress it is an "option". Make it automatic. JMO

Now about stopping play. Officials in the NBA are not allowed to stop play for an injured player. (unless that player is bleeding excessively)
Usually teams will call a timeout when a teammate is down, or will foul to stop the play.
I was surprised that neither happened in Monday's game when Rose was down.

I know that in a HIgh School or College game, I would stop play if the player was in danger.
Not allowed however in the NBA.

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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 07:23am
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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 11:31am
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Any official, at any level, who doesn't stop play

when there is any indication of serious injury, is a moron. Rose could easily have had a cervical spine just waiting to snap and leave him paralyzed. Someone goes down, they're not moving, you stop the game.

What was the matter with his teammates?

Pathetic.
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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 04:01pm
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Jeff,

Easy to say when you're not working that level.
When in Rome....
Simply put, the NBA is a different animal. The rules that are in place were put there for a reason. Usually because a player or team tried to take advantage at one time. Such as the "away from the play" foul that came about because of Wilt Chamberlain. Or the 5 second backdown count, (Charles Barkley and Mark Jackson) I can't tell you the Genesis of this rule but,
most likely the reason they don't stop play is that players have tried to fake injuries to stop a clear advantage by the other team or to stop the clock. (NFL comes to mind)
Does it bite them in the a** sometimes, yes.
Anyone who has Worked Pro-ball or even high level High School or College, knows that players are fine actors and will try for the Oscar any chance they get.

When you work HS or College, by all means stop the play!
You are allowed to by rule. In the NBA they are not.
Just for confirmation, I e-mailed one of the referees from the game and asked if the rule as I stated it and the handling of it was correct. He said yes.
And he said to say Hello to the Board.


[Edited by DrakeM on May 20th, 2003 at 04:05 PM]
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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 04:04pm
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One other thought.
To me, a clear indicator of an injury is blood, seizure etc.
As I stated before, NBA referees ARE allowed to stop play due to bleeding. And I would bet that if a player were seizing on the floor, play would be stopped.
A player laying on the ground is not necessarily an indicator of injury. IMO
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Old Tue May 20, 2003, 09:01pm
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Question The Officiating!!!

I live in San Antonio and all I heard today was bad officiating in the game last night. Since I've became a Ref, I have a lot of LOVE for the Refs, which makes me very defensive.

I fell asleeep when the Spurs were up 18. Did any of you see bad officiating?


BTW, I like Phil Jackson, hince me falling asleep.

My prediction is that this series is all about the Coaches. Nelson is proving he's better. Spurs fans blame things on the Refs. My friends say I have a Stripes Bug!!!!!

My reply:
YES I DO!!!
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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 08:44am
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Van Exel "3" SA-DAL

Late in the SA-Dal game Van Exel is behind the 3 pt arc
and fakes a three. The defender jumps to block the shot
a full three+ feet in front of Van Exel and moving sideways to Van Exel's position. Van Exel lunges about three feet across the 3 pt arc, sticks his shoulder out (keeping his pivot behind the arc), makes contact, jumps off the front foot (which is again 3 feet inside the arc) throws up a prayer. Foul called on the defender, THREE foul shots rewarded (BTW, makes all three and it was a one point game with a few seconds left). Two questions:

A) Is the number of shots reviewable? I know they can change
a 2 to a 3 and vice-versa, how about the foul shots?

B) Is there EVER a case where verticality is applied to the
shooter?

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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 10:59am
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Re: Van Exel

OK, no NBA guys here, so forget A, but:

B) Is there EVER a case where verticality is applied to the
shooter?

I have never seen a player control foul called at ANY
level when the shooter lunges into an air-born defender
outside his "vertical plane." What's the deal? Does verticality apply to shooters?


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Late in the SA-Dal game Van Exel is behind the 3 pt arc
and fakes a three. The defender jumps to block the shot
a full three+ feet in front of Van Exel and moving sideways to Van Exel's position. Van Exel lunges about three feet across the 3 pt arc, sticks his shoulder out (keeping his pivot behind the arc), makes contact, jumps off the front foot (which is again 3 feet inside the arc) throws up a prayer. Foul called on the defender, THREE foul shots rewarded (BTW, makes all three and it was a one point game with a few seconds left). Two questions:

A) Is the number of shots reviewable? I know they can change
a 2 to a 3 and vice-versa, how about the foul shots?

B) Is there EVER a case where verticality is applied to the
shooter?

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Re: Re: Van Exel

Quote:
Originally posted by Joe
OK, no NBA guys here, so forget A, but:

B) Is there EVER a case where verticality is applied to the
shooter?

I have never seen a player control foul called at ANY
level when the shooter lunges into an air-born defender
outside his "vertical plane." What's the deal? Does verticality apply to shooters?



but there was an execllent no-call (apologies to MTD) in the closing seconds of the NJ/Detroit game on a 3 point attempt where the shooter jumped into a vertical Net player(Kidd?). Even the announcers agreed it was a good no-call.
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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 05:41pm
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Re: Re: Re: Van Exel

> but there was an execllent no-call

Sure, but how many 1000's of times has
Reggie Miller (and others) suckered officials
on ones like that? Again, can anyone think of
a single time an offensive player was called for
initiating contact when he broke into the defender's
vertical space when the defender was in the air?
I've never seen the call ever, at any level.


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Quote:
Originally posted by Joe
OK, no NBA guys here, so forget A, but:

B) Is there EVER a case where verticality is applied to the
shooter?

I have never seen a player control foul called at ANY
level when the shooter lunges into an air-born defender
outside his "vertical plane." What's the deal? Does verticality apply to shooters?



but there was an execllent no-call (apologies to MTD) in the closing seconds of the NJ/Detroit game on a 3 point attempt where the shooter jumped into a vertical Net player(Kidd?). Even the announcers agreed it was a good no-call.
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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 06:37pm
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Such as the "away from the play" foul that came about because of Wilt Chamberlain.
Drake, i don't expect you to be a great official and a historian, but isn't the "away from the play" foul a more recent rule addition? I would've sworn that it was only added a few years ago, in response to the "hack-a-Shaq" strategy. I could obviously be wrong, so I'm just seeing how sure you are of the timeline.

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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 08:59pm
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Van Exel

Quote:
Originally posted by Joe
> but there was an execllent no-call

Sure, but how many 1000's of times has
Reggie Miller (and others) suckered officials
on ones like that? Again, can anyone think of
a single time an offensive player was called for
initiating contact when he broke into the defender's
vertical space when the defender was in the air?
I've never seen the call ever, at any level.
Yep, I've seen it called in the NBA.
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Old Wed May 21, 2003, 09:12pm
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Thumbs up TCB!!!

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