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Rip Hamilton ejected five minutes into Lakers/Pistons game

Nov 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT


How you feel about Rip Hamilton’s ejection less than five minutes into the Lakers game against the Pistons is like a Rorschach test for how you feel about the NBA’s new “respect for the game” enforcement and use of technical fouls.

At the 7:01 mark of the first quarter, Hamilton was whistled for his second foul on a Kobe Bryant turnaround jumper. Hamilton said some things to referee Derrick Stafford, but was not demonstrative about it. Stafford gave him a technical.

After that Hamilton continued to talk to Stafford and again was not demonstrative but this time used some foul language. Quick second technical and he was gone.

As you can expect, Pistons fans were up in arms, both in the arena (as tweeted by Chris Lott) and on twitter.

Favorite crowd comment to heckle the refs after the ejection: “You are incredibly insecure.”

What was more interesting was the reaction from the traveling army of Lakers writers (compared to most teams media entourage they are an invading army). Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles tweeted the same reaction I did at home:

Stunned that Rip Hamilton just got ejected for that. He wasn’t even looking at the ref or disrespecting his personal space. Sick of the rule

But Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register responded differently.

It was not unfair: Stafford let Rip yell right at him once w/o tech. Rip should’ve stopped there … or not gone profane at him after 1st T.

And that’s what it comes to, because the lines are never seemingly in the same place. There is no consistency of enforcement game to game (or often within games). Hamilton was not demonstrative, was not inciting the crowd or screaming that loudly (some courtside media did not hear it). On the other hand, should referees have to deal with that kind of language and treatment at all under the new rules?

Where is the line? Where you put it depends on your personal feelings and tolerances. Just like the referees. Which is to say it is all over the place.

  1. bobulated - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    If he dropped an f bomb after the first “T” he probably deserved to get run. Guys are going to have to learn to walk away after a “T”, there is no future in arguing. And to be honest, I’m so tired of the posturing and soap operas that we’ve come to expect after every call taht I really don’t have a problem with this rule. The players will figure it out.
    That being said, the NBA refs are the worse in pro sports and allowing them to “T” up anyone for anything isn’t going to solve the leagues problem with perceived bias and actual incompetence the fans witness every night..

  2. frankvzappa - Nov 18, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    it makes digesting the police state easier if we watch heroes bow down to authoritarianism on TV every night…”see kids, any attempt to show emotion or be anything other than a robot subservient to the fascist agenda will not be tolerated”…that Stern is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations surely has nothing to do with this

    • omniusprime - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

      It’s called forcing NBA players to act like responsible adults, not little spoiled brats. It’s obvious that a whining little tea bagger like yourself will never be able to act like a responsible adult, nope you just crybaby like a spoiled little brat – a subservient robot Braindead Beckerhead!

  3. 8dollarbeer - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    He prolly wanted out of the game anyways, not to have to deal with his retarded coach and horrible team that the Lakers were take to pound town anyways.

  4. omniusprime - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    I like the new NBA rules to stop the incessant crybabying from the players. Now they play more like professional adults instead of whining little spoiled brats! Now Rip Hamilton has to grow up and act like an adult or he’ll be getting ejected more often. I’m glad that David Stern has cleaned up the NBA’s act and can only hope that other pro sports follow suit, especially pro baseball with those childish false brawls when both benches empty out on the field for a bunch of immature posturing.

  5. ericreives - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    The referees show no consistency. At all. Hamilton said bad call when the first tech was given. I guess he deserved the second tech since he said bullsh*t. I thought the rule was in place for an overt reaction. I like how the officials stare at the players, just waiting to hear themselves blow their whistles. The officiating in the Lakers previous game against the Bucks was horrible. Kobe was given a flagrant foul on play that wasn’t even flagrant. Odom was given a technical for giving Gooden a nudge, with the latter flopping all over the place. David Stern doesn’t offer much of a guideline about what the refs consider to be a technical. Everything is in a gray area right now.

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