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Stern tells NBC Sports Radio: Andersen “should have been ejected” for Hansbrough shove

May 31, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

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I’m not sure what the officials in Game 5 were looking at — Chris Andersen body checked Tyler Hansbrough then shoved him. Yet all he got was a Flagrant 1. The precedent here was pretty clear from the Nazr Mohammed shove of LeBron James in the last round — the Birdman should have been ejected.

David Stern agrees, and said so as part of “Speaking of Sports with Rob Simmelkjaer” on NBC Sports Radio, to be broadcast on NBCSportsRadio.com on Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern.


Here is the money quote:

“I do think he should have been ejected. I looked at the replays and, it seems to me, there was no immediate push or shove of him, he just hauled off and knocked down Tyler Hansbrough. I don’t know what he was doing. And then he pushed him. And then he did not go gracefully to the bench.”

Stern then says a “serious review of activities” should happen and to “stay tuned.”

If you had any doubt the league will be upgrading this to a Flagrant 2 and Andersen will be suspended from Game 6, this should erase it. Look for that news to come down soon.

Again, you can hear the full interview with Stern Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern, either on your local NBC Sports Radio affiliate, or at NBCSportsRadio.com.

  1. stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Been looking forward to this one Kurt.

    • gmsingh - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Even David Stern is complaining about the officiating. Did anyone ask Stern why the product he represents is such trash?

  2. HotHotHeat - May 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Time for Joel to earn that paycheck.

  3. lezmaka - May 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    “The precedent here was pretty clear from the Nazr Mohammed shove of LeBron James in the last round — the Birdman should have been ejected.”

    Except Tyler Hansbrough isn’t a superstar like LeBron James. And Tyler also didn’t flop like he’d been hit by a car.

  4. jbeagles23 - May 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    The fear in hansbouroughs eyes was well worth it

    • jamieaadams - May 31, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I wonder how he feels about being a poor man’s Chris Andersen?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Bwahahahaa! Fear? Dude…he would have broken your boy in half. Like the stick man he is.

      Fear in Hansbouroughs eyes? Hahaha! Classic stuff. Hahahaah!

      Beagle…try to at least feign honesty. Otherwise, no one takes you seriously.

      Go Pacers!

      • tcthompson02 - May 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Haha you wish! Hansbrough was so scared he probably pissed his pants.He got thrown around like a rag doll. Go Heat! 3-2

    • WatchThis - May 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      He did look really upset.

    • jrebar88 - May 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Hansbrough would knock out that white trash. Heat jockers get over yourself

      • badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Hansbourgh is a redneck cracker yahoo. Hick from the Sticks.And he lives down by the river !……..so says Chris Farley

    • dyn0myte - May 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      With his haircut and tattoos
      I’m sure Birdman scares the crap outta the coulrophobia crowd…

    • wyorose11 - May 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      How would you feel with a freak like that in your face? He’s in Miami he may have bitten the guys face off.

    • gmsingh - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Hansborough was right to be scared: just by standing his ground he got hit with a T.

  5. fventricle - May 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    so if it is a flagrant 2, will he be suspended for game 6?

    • fanofthegame79 - May 31, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      probably. the NBA needs this series to go 7 games so they make up ratings and revenue from the sweep in the West. And yes I’m playing with a conspiracy theory here. I say if the refs blew the call in the game, then it stands. I think it’s stupid to retroactively suspend a player. The don’t go back and replay other issues when the refs get them wrong (i.e. goal tending, fouls, turnovers etc.). And yes I’m a Heat fan so I’m biased (I’ll own up to that).

      • badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        You know Herr Stern is not happy about the high Wings/Hawks and Shark/Kings hockey game ratings cutting into his NBA TV contract requirements. He has taken the bridge on the Dark Star and aimed his laser at Bettmans’office.

  6. apmn - May 31, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Birdman gets knocked around all series by Hibbert and West, takes it out on Hansbrough. Way to go, tough guy.

    • badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      He’s 17 for 17 !! with a ton of Blocks+ rebounds. If that’s getting knocked around, can I have Kate Upton do the same to me. ?? What series are you guys watching ??EA NBA video games. ? Come On ! Not a Heat fan.

      • apmn - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Are you saying that the Pacers haven’t owned the paint? What series are YOU watching?

      • badintent - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        Still haven’t seen Chris take a 15 foot jumper ! I do remember him take ONE 5 foot jumperSo, 95% of Chris’s shot are IN the Paint. No, the Pacer didn’t own the paint when LBJ went on the block in game 4.But hey, it IS nice to dream , right.Speaking of 10 foot jumpers, memo to West, trying making some.

  7. jzone954 - May 31, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Can easily see the “make up” missed call game in favor of pacers

  8. pantsfreezone - May 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    What Stern meant to say was that Birdman was being given an award and a parade for knocking Tyler Hansborough to the ground. Everyone, everywhere has wanted to do that for about 4 years.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Yeah…those hard working types tend to get under your skin huh?

    • erckle31 - May 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      No, I think that’s what everyone thinks of Birdman.

    • badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:41 AM

      I saw Tyler with a super cheap shot in a Raptor game this year.. I never heard Raps announcers get so mad in 10 seasons. This was not part of his game at NC. Why he changed is a mystery to me.Maybe the guy knows he ‘s a step too slow for the NBA game , a few inches too short on his hops so he decided to play playground style to compensate.

  9. smcgaels1997 - May 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    probably. the NBA needs this series to go 7 games so they make up ratings and revenue from the sweep in the West. And yes I’m playing with a conspiracy theory here. I say if the refs blew the call in the game, then it stands. I think it’s stupid to retroactively suspend a player. The don’t go back and replay other issues when the refs get them wrong (i.e. goal tending, fouls, turnovers etc.). And yes I’m a Heat fan so I’m biased (I’ll own up to that).
    _________________________________yyes that makes no sense when a call was blatantly botched in this case to make it right. Classless move and yet another blatant Heat gift in this series. If the refs called the game the same and let Indiana mug everyone like Miami, they’d already be fishing right now

  10. jzone954 - May 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I can easily see a ” make up” game full of calls for the Pacers

  11. zacksdad - May 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    So a shove by a role player is a suspension. But jump in the air, lift your elbow/arm, direct it into a head of another player by a star player is just ignored. And why do people not believe the NBA is rigged?

  12. phillyphannn83 - May 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    So Stern can publicly question a referees call but a player or coach would get fined for doing the same? Hmmmm

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Hansboro flopped. Bird barely touched him.

  14. dgbk - May 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    was not fear in tylers eyes he always look off like that wether he sitting on the bench or playing or beung knock down ….. I belive birdman will be susp when I see it stern does a lot of double talk.

  15. chrisjaydon - May 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Birdman should have really been ejected, because that was something unneccesary contact against the opponent, and that was a hard push, of course Hansbrough didnt flop and made it so bad, because he is a very strong guy, it takes alot of power for him to go down, on the other hand when Nazr Mohammed pushed Lebron James and clearly, James so flopped and acted to go down and roll over make it look so bad, James is a great player but he is a great actor when it comes to flopping, Narz got tossed out of the game, because why? He hurt a superstar??? Officiating in Nba sucks so badly.

  16. kf257 - May 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I just want to know what Hansbrough mouthed off at Andersen. If you’re gonna talk the talk, you gotta be willing to stand up when it comes back on you.

    • badintent - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      He didn’t like the” NC Sucks Tatto”

  17. cantonbound13 - May 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Sure, we believe you, Mr. McMahon, I mean Stern

  18. divan22 - May 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Paul George bumped Birdman in the back right before that. Birdman turned around, saw Hansbrough, and assumed he’s the one who bumped him.

    Not making an excuse for Birdman at all, but that’s what happened. So while it was an extremely stupid reaction on his part, it wasn’t totally random either.

  19. cullimon - May 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    stlouis1baseball | May 31, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT
    Bwahahahaa! Fear? Dude…he would have broken your boy in half. Like the stick man he is.

    Fear in Hansbouroughs eyes? Hahaha! Classic stuff. Hahahaah!

    Beagle…try to at least feign honesty. Otherwise, no one takes you seriously.

    Go Pacers!
    _______________________________________________Next time when you comment, try not to make yourself sound like a complete idiot so people take you seriously. I’m not even a heat fan and I think Birdman would win in a fight between the two. Hope theres a game 7 just so we can see these two on the court together again.

  20. showtime1911 - May 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Good for this bum!

  21. transam7816 - May 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Too little, too late. Should have been thrown out on the spot. If you guys don’t recall..heat went on a nice run right after this happened.

    • ksctychiefs - May 31, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      totally agree……hard chest bump was flagrant #1,then hard shove was flagrant #2……ejection!!….i was yelling at the tv ,’ejection’,while giving the ejection sign!!.. if the game had continued on without the refs reviewing the video then i might have thought they(refs) missed the first one ,ok it happens…….but when the refs stopped the game, and had the luxury of an extended video review,then didnt eject,then minutes later the bird man was pumping the crowd at the other end,and the heat took off on a run……i turned the game off!!…..the extended video review allowance without ejection was aghasting!!…totally changed the game!!…..

  22. sweetnlow44 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    If this doesn’t prove to Stern that the NBA’s referees are beyond pathetic, I don’t know what will. First, it’s clear Anderson should have been ejected. Why they didn’t is mind boggling. Then to give Hansbrough a T on top of it? For what? Standing there while some clown looking moron shoves him to the ground from behind for no reason, then getting up and having the restraint to not retaliate while the anger management drop out shoves him again? Complete incompetence on the part of the referees.

  23. chrisjaydon - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    The officials didnt want to eject him because they feel that they need Chris Anderson to win the ball game. On the Bulls and Heat series, The Chicago Bulls had gotten so many players couldnt play because of injuries, now when Narz Mohammed shoved James, he got tossed immediatelly!? Fair?! The Official took that opportunity to get rid of one more player, no mercy! And see Chris Anderson got so much break from this why?! All in favor of the Heat. All it takes to get toss being a Heat player is to kill and shoot the opponent.

  24. Roberto X. Cruz - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    So if he was supposed to be thrown out, and miss about half a game, why suspend him a whole game? SMH at DS. Let them play and let’s see who the better team is. I’m sure there was a reason the Birdman, psycho t alteration escalated to that level that we couldn’t see or hear at home.

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