Star treatment, lack of fairness, bad morals and corruption. Thats what the NBA fully demonstrated over the weekend by fining Sharpshooter Eddie House 25 Thousand and Kevin”the Big Ticket” Garnett a whopping $ 0.00. First off, the scenarios were totally different circumstances and it severely favoured that Eddie’s houses actions be more justified.
For Kevin Garnett, on Friday night his Celtics were taking on the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns were well on their way to victory when with 4 mins left the suns leading 80-69. When Channing Fyre went up for a three pointer, Garnett sacked him in the balls. Then after that, he was shocked there was a foul, I guess he thought he got all ball on that play. See for yourself : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_tEcSllyk
For Eddie House, playing on the national stage on Sunday vs the Thunder in OKC. Off a game saving offensive rebound by Miller down 1 with 22 secs left, House hit a three. To show off his excitement he did the Sam Cassell “Saggy balls” gesture in the heat of the moment. This turned out to be the game winner. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZ4GrnPrm0
The two circumstances were completely different, one showing excitement and one showing frustration. So this is where the NBA comes into to handle this situation. With Garnett’s action, he was intentionally trying to hurt someone and physically took the balls into his own hands. While House’s gesture was in the heat of the moment and it may be seen as inapprotiate but it was showing his excitement. The correct consequence the NBA should of done to handle this situation would have been to handle it fairly and not fine House and fine Garnett or at least fine them both. But instead, the NBA fines House and nothing for Garnett. This just illustrates star treatment even though he has millions of money while house has a fraction of that. What makes it worst is that House did the same”Saggy Balls Too Big” gesture recently to seal the game vs the Pistons. The only difference was that Sunday’s game vs the Thunder was on national tv and the Pistons game wasn’t. Apparently to David Stern, one NBA court is not like the next NBA court and what happens on it deserves different punishment. The lack of fairness is obsurbed and it damages the NBA’s image. Stern is adding support to the stereotypes of the NBA, that is in inconsistent and that what happens on the court is altered by special treatment.David Stern just gave the media and the fans ammo at their poor decisions.But then again it is the NBA; “Where Poor Judgement Happens.”