As was pointed out on PTI earlier this week, LeBron James pulled a Kobe Bryant on Chris Webber in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Feel free to compare them. LeBron's is up top and Bryant's two elbow shots are below.
Rather than suspend LeBron, the league has sinced looked at the tape and given LeBron a Flagrant 2 foul. The only reason this isn't a bigger deal is because no one, and I mean no one, is watching this series.
But now it's time for me to explode.
This is complete and utter bullshit. If you didn't hate David Stern with an unquestionable passion before this, you should now. LeBron James did EXACTLY what Kobe Bryant did during the regular season. Bryant was suspended BOTH TIMES he did it.
How in the %&$# does Stern not suspend LeBron in this situtaion, particularly after he went strict-constructionist with the Phoenix suspensions? With LeBron, Stern clearly was flexible with the interpretation of the law. Why wasn't he in the Spurs/Suns series?
Let's also look at the timing of this. The league didn't hand out the flagrant 2 until Friday of this week. There's a reason for this. In Washington, D.C. it's known as trying to "bury a story." You release damaging info on a Friday, in the hopes no one will notice over the weekend. Since it's Memorial Day weekend, Stern couldn't have done any better.
This is just beyond despicable. I understand why Stern did this, it's LeBron. But Amare was 1st team All NBA. Why not have some flexibility of the law in his case?
This is the last straw for me by the way. The NBA is completely full of shit and so is Stern. If Stern is so intent on enforcing NBA laws, he would have suspended LeBron immediately.
But he didn't - and that makes him a huge hypocrite.