Tag: Ejections

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

Heat President: Fans using slurs will be ejected


After Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the league for responding to a heckling Miami Heat fan with a gay slur, Heat President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth cleared up Miami’s policy on ejecting fans for unacceptable behavior during games. Our own Ira Winderman has the report:

In light of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah being fined $50,000 by the NBA for shouting an anti-gay slur to a fan during Sunday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami HeatPresident of Business Operation Eric Woolworth said Tuesday similar action by a fan would result in an ejection.

The league, meanwhile, said it is a matter that would be handled on an incident-by-incident basis, with teams taking the lead in such actions.

“In general,” Woolworth said before Tuesday’s Game 4, “they’ll get one warning and then they’ll get thrown out.”

But Woolworth said the anti-gay slur Noah utilized or a racially hurtful barb from a fan would receive less tolerance.

“They most likely would be asked to leave right away,” he said.

When Stu Jackson was asked about the NBA’s policy regarding fan behavior, he said that the “general approach is a warning and an ejection,” and said that a fan “could be” ejected immediately for using a hateful or racist slur.

Booing at opposing players and calls that go against your team is part of the fun of attending a sports game, but buying a ticket does not give you the right to say anything you want to anybody you want, especially if your comments are hurtful or derogatory. It’s important that we don’t lose focus of that in the wake of the Noah controversy.

NBA Playoffs: You can’t tarnish the Lakers’ franchise legacy, but their team sure tried

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

So this is how it ends. What felt like an inevitable run to the second three-peat for Kobe Bryant, the fourth three-peat for Phil Jackson, and yet another championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, ended in nothing but misery and classlessness in Dallas, Texas. A Hall of Fame coach most known for his motivational tactics witnesses his team outright quit, then conduct themselves in a reprehensible manner, down 30.

Observe, first Lamar Odom, after getting words from Dirk Nowitzki after missing front iron on free throws. Yes, free throws.

This from a veteran, the guy who when plugged in is the difference between a Lakers win and a loss more often than not. It wasn’t the worst foul, it was just so blatantly intentional. Odom was ineffective, along with the entirety of the Lakers. But to respond with such a petty approach as he is being swept out? It’s not even outrageous. It’s just sad.

Not as sad as Andrew Bynum, though.

Classless? Check. Unnecessary? Check. Predictable? You betcha. This is Andrew Bynum, who put Gerald Wallace in the hospital, and cracked Michael Beasley on a similar play this season. He was excused for it being an accident both times, but this just reaffirms the fact that Bynum’s still emotionally volatile to the point of recklessness. It’s a shame because if there was one Laker who actually played with intensity and execution, it’s Andrew Bynum. But Bynum won’t be displaying those skills for several games next season as he’ll be serving a very well-deserved suspension.

So what was more disgusting? A champion going down in such an effortless failure or the players responding to said adversity by committing petty fouls and drawing ejections? The winner is no one.

But the lack of effort should be noted as well. Instead of fighting to the bitter end and making a simple adjustment: defending the three and forcing the Mavericks to beat them inside, the Lakers stood by and watched as Jason Terry nailed three after three after three. Derek Fisher occasionally strolled by to try and “run him off” but on several possessions, no one was there.

This is the franchise of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of Robert Horry, the .04 shot, the Shaq alley-oop, and the past two championships. And instead the Zen Master watched as his troops failed to commit, then committed an epic display of petulance to send him off. Nothing can tarnish the legacy of the Lakers, arguably the greatest franchise in the NBA, in all of sports.

But man, did they try hard in Game 4.

Video: John Wall throws punch at Big Z, leads to ejections

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

We already told you what happened, but you should see it for yourself (via our friends at CSNWashington.com)

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had the ball in the high post guarded by John Wall (on a little scramble play, obviously that was not the regular matchup). Ilgauskas used his elbow to create a little space, Wall was trying to be pesky and after Big Z got rid of the ball Wall threw a little left hook to the ribs and it was on. Juwan Howard jumped in and we had ourselves what passes for a fight in the NBA.

Watch it for yourself, then check back here tomorrow to find out about the suspensions. Oh, they are coming, don’t worry.

John Wall, Juwan Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas all ejected


John Wall, Juwan Howard, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have all just been ejected from the Heat-Wizards game.

The initial incident occurred when Ilgauskas was holding the ball in the high post. Wall was attempting to swipe at the ball, and Ilgauskas gave Wall two quick elbows to the face for his trouble. In retaliation, Wall fired a quick right hook at Illgauskas’ ribs before the whistles blew, Ilgauskas and Wall tied each other up, and players started swarming to the incident. Both Wall and Ilgauskas were assigned flagrant-2 fouls and ejected from the game.

Juwan Howard was ejected for shoving JaVale McGee, who dove in to get Ilgauskas off of Wall. The official reason given for Howard’s ejection was “escalation.” The ejections occured at the 8:48 mark of the second quarter. At the time of the ejections, the Wizards were leading the Heat by a score of 37-36.