November 19, 2004 will forever be etched in basketball lore for all the wrong reasons. On that day Metta World Peace, the man formerly known as Ron Artest, decided to go into the stands and beat the shit out of a man who threw a beer at him. The aftermath resulted in season-long suspensions and rule changes that have changed the NBA product forever. Blame the Malice for the bogus flagrant fouls that are called and the no-tolerance policy when it comes to fighting on the court these days.
Grantland's Jonathan Abrams talks to everyone from Larry Brown to the folks who manned the scorer's table. Hopefully you can take a long lunch to check out this must read.
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