If Alston Is Suspended the NBA Should Announce They Love the Celtics

Michael InglisAnalyst IMay 7, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 30: Rafer Alston #1 of the Orlando Magic celebrates a call against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wachovia Center on April 30, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

I'm sorry, I just can't wait until the morning to find out if Orlando Magic point guard Rafer Alston is suspended for slapping Celtics guard Eddie House.

I have to write this now to get it off my chest.

If he does get suspended, that won't bother me. What bothers me is the inconsistency of the NBA front office.

So far this postseason Dwight Howard has been suspended for an elbow to the head (Karl Malone did that every night), Kenyon Martin has been fined for tossing Dirk Nowitzki to the floor, and three different coaches have been fined for criticizing the referees.

However, Rajon Rondo was not fined nor suspended for slapping Brad Miller's face, which at least should've been a flagrant one. He also was not fined or suspended for tossing Kirk Hinrich into the scorers table and then throwing an elbow.

So basically it's acceptable to hit someone in the face to the point they need stitches, throw opposing players into the scorer's table, and throw an elbow (or punch, not sure what that was) as long as it misses its intended target.  

In my opinion, Rondo should not have been suspended for the Miller incident, possibly fined though. He should have been suspended for the Hinrich incident though. Only because the NBA has set a precedent for suspending players for things less severe.

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If it was up to me I wouldn't suspended anyone unless it was an extremely dirty play or there was a fist fight. The NBA and for that matter the NFL has just gotten too soft for me.

Back to Rondo and the precedent I was talking about. How can the NBA suspended Robert Horry for a hip check, but not even fine Rondo for his incident with Hinrich.

You be the judge, which was worse: The first one is of Horry, the next two are Rondo, and fourth is Kenyon Martin's 25,000 dollar elbow.





If you think Rondo shouldn't have been fined or suspended for either of those I would love to hear why.

While I'm writing this I'm watching the Lakers game and Derek Fisher has been tossed for a flagrant too, and Kobe took a cheap shot at Ron Artest which resulted in Artest being tossed.

Knowing David Stern and Stu Jackson, they will probably suspended Artest, while Fisher and Kobe will get nothing.

The NBA, where favoritism happens.

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