Saturday, November 20, 2004

The NBA is a disgrace

This is why Major League Baseball is my favorite. Did you see the brawl last night near the end of the Indiana Pacers - Detroit Pistons game? I've never seen anything like it. Here's the way ESPN describes it:

Indiana's Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charged into the stands and fought with fans in the final minute of their game against the Detroit Pistons, and the brawl forced an early and ugly end to the Pacers' 97-82 win.

Officials stopped the game Friday night with 45.9 seconds remaining after pushing and shoving between the teams spilled into the stands and fans began throwing things at the players near the scorer's table.

"It's the ugliest thing I've seen as a coach or player," said Pistons coach Larry Brown, who was in the middle of the confrontation, trying to break it up.

After several minutes of players fighting with fans in the stands, a chair, beer, ice, and popcorn were thrown at the Pacers as they made their way to the locker room in one of the scariest brawls in an NBA game.

"I felt like I was fighting for my life out there," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm sorry the game had to end this way."

Rick Carlisle, of course, is a former star basketball player at the University of Virginia, and he's as classy as they come. His players, however, are not, especially Ron Artest -- but his players weren't the ones most responsible for escalating this incident to what Bill Walton calls "the lowest moment for the NBA in 30 years." The fans in Detroit (well, Auburn Hills) were disgraceful, throwing things and trying to fight the players.

Here's the video of the brawl; it's unreal.

I wish Carlisle would get sick of this nonsense in the NBA and come home to coach Virginia.

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