The question isn’t “is this a flagrant foul?” The real question is “should that have been a flagrant 2 and should Dwyane Wade have been ejected?”
This is clearly a frustration foul as it came directly after Wade thought he should have gotten a call, and also in the midst of the Heat coming apart at the seams in their loss to the Pacers. But frustration is not an excuse.
The rulebook says for a foul to be a flagrant 2 (meaning a suspension for the next game) it has to be “unnecessary and excessive contact.” How else would you describe what Wade did? He certainly didn’t make a play on the ball. I think you can make a good case he deserves a flagrant 2 and to sit a game, but my guess is he only has to write a check.
Why no suspension? Because Collison walked away — the league always seems to punish based on the result not the act — and because this didn’t really escalate.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough: Eric Bledsoe hair-salon claim about tweet was unbelievable
That is a first-rate tweet by Bledsoe. It’s great that he’s having fun with the wild situation, because the rest of us sure are amused peering in.
This was always going to be a long season in Phoenix, but things got out of hand in a hurry. The 0-3 Suns have been outscored by 92 – the worst three-game start in NBA history by 16 points. Now, comes the fallout.
Bledsoe is a good starting point guard when healthy. He’s earning a reasonable $14.5 million this season and due $15 million in the final year of his contract next season. There should be suitors, and Phoenix can gain long-term assets while stepping up its tank.
But this sure seems like a crisis-control move more than anything else.
Willy Hernangomez ‘mad’ about falling from Knicks rotation
“The same. I’m still mad,” Hernangomez said. “I cannot help the team win if I’m sitting on the bench. Two games in a row. It’s tough. I have to wait my moment. I cannot say nothing more.”
The Knicks are moving in different directions. Management is talking about building for the future. Coach Jeff Hornacek, who was hired by previous president Phil Jackson, is trying to win now.
There’s a fine line between developing Hernangomez through playing time and making him earn his minutes. Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn might be better right now.
But being marginally better this season won’t get the Knicks anywhere meaningful except lower in the lottery. On the other hand, even on rebuilding teams, winning is most important to a coach’s job security. Earl Watson implemented the Suns’ tanking scheme, and look where that got him.
Hornacek is backed into a corner, and now one of the team’s most important young players is publicly expressing his displeasure. It’s the latest troubling sign in a locker room already suspicious of Hornacek.
Report: Eric Bledsoe requested trade from Suns before season
Why wouldn’t Bledsoe want out? The 27-year-old is in his prime and stuck on a young team that would rather tank than play him.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bledsoe explains the tweet. He previously paid lip service to his situation in Phoenix, but it appears he’s ready to open up. On the other hand, public trade requests typically draw fines from the NBA.