The NBA’s two-game suspension of Jason Smith was a joke.
At the time of the incident I thought that even a one-game penalty may be to severe. It was a spilt-second play with two brahma bulls running full speed downcourt…..either you get dunked on (again) or you go for the body block.
From my perspective, it’s clear that there were 3 factors to the league’s decision:
1. The Los Angeles Clippers host the same New Orleans Hornets team in the second game of this suspension, thus removing any possible retaliation by the Clips (see new addition Kenyon Martin).
2. Blake Griffin laid on the floor for 10 minutes after the play, like he got shot in the chest. In typical Blake fashion, he just made the play look worse than it was.
3. The Clippers organization has been quietly whining to the league that their superstar forward has been targeted by opposing bigs all season long. This is interesting when you consider that the Clips have to two of the biggest floppers in the league in Blake and CP3.
As annoyed as I am with this suspension, I am even more annoyed with Jason Smith’s two-paragraph apology which seemingly covers Blake Griffin, the NBA, and even the Pope in Rome….to say it was overdone is an understatement. Somewhere Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason had a good laugh over their steak ‘n eggs. Smith is obviously worried about his reputation in the league, though I disagree. It’s a good thing to be known as an enforcer in this era of laid back bigs who kiss n’ hug more than they bump n’ grind.
If Jason wants to earn back my respect, he needs to lay-out his next opponent on the first play of the game. Nothing against Golden State, but Smith returns to action Wednesday versus the Warriors.
Andris Biedrins, you’ve been warned.