By Lamar Battle
I think it’s time for the NBA to go Retro ! Regarding fights. No more following each other to the hallways, locker rooms or team buses.
What’s a pissed off player to do?
Here’s what, don’t fight but if you must, settle your scores on the court like in the old days when men were men. Currently the penalty’s for fighting are severe so as to discourage players from possibly dragging fans into their skirmishes.
So consequently players now try to settle most disagreements after the game is done. Consider the most recent example when Houston Rocket players (Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and providing mis-direction Clint Capela ) got into the Los Angeles Clipper locker room via a secret passage way to confront Clipper Players directly.
This was not the first instance of delayed conflict resolution as who could forget Carmelo Anthony approaching the post game team bus of Kevin Garnett who during the game allegedly engaged in a verbal exchange that disrespected Carmelo’s wife. Then there was Jerry Stackhouse who apparently changed into a sweat suit prior to his sojourn to the visitors locker room to beat down a peer.
Who started this ?
Rumor has it that in an effort to protect his image and bottom line Micheal Jordan would tune cats up on the regular away from the court and cameras.
Sporting competitions are supposed to be settled between the lines period. Youth basketball players are always taught that any and all conflicts are over once the buzzer sounds and you line up to shake your rivals hands.
Any conflict so serious as to call for the throwing of hands should be dealt with immediately or not at all besides rolling up on a locker room with your boys has the paltry feel of a street gang action. Aren’t these players supposed to be models for our communities and youth? Any player concerned about a suspension should probably go to his bench and cool down.
Frame of reference?
Who could forget the dance between Lonnie Shelton and Buck Williams that started on one end of the court and finished on the other throwing hay maker after hay maker and of course New York Knick center Willis Reed who took the cake when he knocked out the entire Lakers bench. (You Tube it).
The point is after it was over they all probably went out for beers.