The NBA can often be unfair when it comes to punishing players.
Technical fouls and fines are assigned on almost a daily basis it seems.
However, no NBA rule is more ludicrous than the leaving the bench rule.
According to the rule, any player who leaves the vicinity of the bench (under any circumstance) will be suspended.
Even if the player doesn't get involved in any altercations, he will still be punished.
The stupidity of this rule was never more evident than in the 2007 NBA Western Conference Finals.
During Game Four of the series, Spurs forward Robert Horry performed a giant hit on Suns' guard Steve Nash that sent him flying into the announcers table.
It almost seemed like a hockey hit.
Suns' forwards Amar'e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw both stood up in anger and took a few steps towards the court.
However, neither player got involved in any altercations as they both sat down.
Yet they were both suspended, and considering the important roles they both played for Phoenix it's safe to say that this had serious affects on the outcome of the series.