Sunday, December 17, 2006

NBA Basketbrawl

Nothing more ridiculous than watching basketball players trying to fight. It's even more silly when it's a blowout game with about a minute left and the teams actually have some star players still on the court. When things begin calming down, Carmelo Anthony throws a punch, then runs away being chased by, among others, tiny Nate Robinson. Anthony should get 10 games just for cowardice.
In another ugly black eye for the NBA, the Knicks-Nuggets game ended in a brawl that spilled into the front row at the Garden last night.

At the end of the Knicks' 123-100 blowout loss to the Nuggets, the fight was started by a relatively unknown Knick, Mardy Collins, committing a flagrant foul on the Nuggets' J.R. Smith.

The potential small flare-up was turned into a forest fire by the Knicks' little man, 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson.

And it ended with NBA's leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, throwing a haymaker at Collins. The fight finally ended at the other end of the 94-foot court after security, referees and coaches doused it.

Though not as drastic, the scene was reminiscent of the Nov. 19, 2004 brawl at Auburn Hills, Mich., between the Pacers and Pistons - the infamous "Malice at the Palace," which resulted in nine player ejections and Indiana's Ron Artest being suspended for the season.

Last night, all 10 players on the court at the time of the fight were kicked out. Suspensions and statements from NBA Commissioner David Stern will come soon.

Hot Air has video.

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