Remember the Trevor Ariza foul against Rudy Fernandez? There is an interesting story about it that I came across in the Los Angeles Times regarding the use of a replay of it before the rematch of the Lakers and Blazers last Friday night.
Here is the full story: (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times)
The NBA is looking into Portland’s decision to play a video of Trevor Ariza’s flagrant foul on Rudy Fernandez on the scoreboard prior to Friday night’s game between the two teams.
The foul took place in a game involving the two teams a few weeks ago.
League spokesman Tim Frank said Saturday that teams are not permitted to show replays involving flagrant fouls from previous games.
“We will be looking into the matter,” Frank said.
The Blazers defeated the Lakers 106-98, and could be fined by the league.
“That’s something that NBA clubs are not supposed to do, show video before a game that incites crowds,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “Portland took a big risk doing that, and that’s a finable thing from the league. That’s something that they try to prevent in the spirit of good sportsmanship, but Portland has been like that.
I actually agree with Phil Jackson’s remarks here. There is nothing wrong for fans to be pumped before the game but using a specific foul to incite the fans does not really seem to fit here.
I do believe that the Trailblazers should not be fined here since the play actually was not shown during the game but before the start of the it. There is a difference between showing the play during the game or when Ariza is being introduced and before the game when the crowd is just filing into the building.
The Trailblazers have some of the best fans in the NBA and to be honest, the city of Portland loves the game of basketball.(They had over 11,000 people attend the Nike Hoops Summit) This is probably an oversight by some overzealous individual that wanted to incite the fans but the act does not deserve a fine.
The recent history between the teams does not surprise that Jackson would make the ending remarks that “Portland has been like that.” The Blazers and Lakers in recent years have been one of the better Western Conference rivalries. Most likely this story will blow over unless both teams meet in the playoffs which might possibly be the best “replay” possible.
For those of you that do not remember the foul, here it is: