The Flagrant

The Problem: Flagrant fouls are the most charming and valuable of all NBA Playoff assets. When Pacers backup Lance Stephenson mocks LeBron James with a "choke" sign, it's appropriate for Miami's Dexter Pittman to drop an elbow through his solar plexus. If player-vs-coach outbursts and nose-to-nose confrontations are the game's pillars, then violent squabbling from the deep bench is its foundation. That said, if a chubby scrub wants to decapitate a mouthy one in the garbage minutes of a blowout, they should probably be thrown out of the game for it. If an airborne Udonis Haslem wants to slap Tyler Hansbrough's nose in, as beautiful as it may be, dude should probably be sent to the showers. In the aforementioned examples, the Heat benefited with three quarters of production from guys who should have been ejected.

What Needs To Be Recognized: Flagrant fouls should be reviewed on the court, during the game. NBA refs make roughly $150K per season to officiate 82 games. That’s like making $732 per hour for a seasonal job. *looks at pay stub as a freelance writer* *punches own groin* When you’re on that kind of pay grade you should be able to discern, with replay, the difference between a flagrant one and a flagrant two in a timely manner. It’s that simple. Officials make a truckload of money, so why the league determines foul severity in the days following a game is beyond us. 

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