Originally Posted by QuikMike
Ever heard of Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade, etc, etc, etc?
I don't know if I would go so far as to say "no one today can actually play the game"...last time I checked, the rules are still the same as they were when Jordan, Bird and Magic played...I will agree that today's players do play a bit more of the "one on one" style as opposed to the past, but there are actually some very good players in today's NBA...
Actually, if you want to split hairs, the rules are quite different from when Jordan, Bird and Magic played.
Iverson? Uh, yeah.
What the players did was wrong, but what the "fans" did was also wrong. As different the class of players was back in the days of Jordan, Magic and Bird was the class of fans. Fans today are every bit as bad as the thug players.
And my personal feeling about O'Neal's punch was that he was justified. A "fan" ran out onto the court and attacked him. He defended himself, and shouldn't have been punished for it. The other suspensions are just.
That said, "The Palace" needs to share some of the responsibility, as do the "fans" in Detroit. Maybe the NBA should suspend the lower few rows from being filled for a few games until the "fans" get some class and responsibility through their skulls. Maybe force "The Palace" to get better security if those in attendance continue to be every bit the thugs as those on the court.
There are plenty of teams, fans and facilities out there that keep things under control. Unfortunately those that can't screw it for everyone else.