Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

Ron Artest on ‘Leaving the Bench’ Rule

Ron-Ron and his coach think it should be revised: “Though the Rockets might have benefited from Lamar Odom’s suspension, Rockets coach Rick Adelman and forward Ron Artest, who would have matched up with Odom, argued Wednesday that the rule that led to Odom’s suspension should be changed…’I don’t agree with (the rule),’ Adelman said. ‘I think each instance should be evaluated based on what actually happened. To me, if it happens right in front of your bench, your bench is more likely to take one or two steps; the other bench is more like to stay right where they are. Sometimes, guys take a couple steps just to look. I think maybe it should be re-evaluated.’ Artest went even further with his defense of his childhood AAU teammate. ‘He did the right thing by showing concern,’ Artest said. ‘I don’t think he should have been suspended. That happened to me in Boston once. I came off the bench a little bit, but I still got suspended. I wish he wasn’t suspended. I guess anybody would be concerned if they saw any type of commotion happen. Their natural reaction is to show a little bit of concern with what is happening.’”

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  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Well there goes any chance of that rule being changed considering Ron Artest openly requested it.

  • Roberto

    Why is Ron Artest talking…??? Wasn’t this rule pretty much invented because of what he did??

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Ron does have a point. It’s not natural for a player to stand still when something is going on like an injury or a fight. Seriously, I would have been suspended like at least 50 times back in college.

  • Fred34

    Ron-Ron: world renowned diplomat, mediator and pacifist (or just pass you a fist)

  • Los Man

    the rule should’ve been changed years ago before it robbed the Suns of a Championship. Well that and Starver.

  • Prison Mike

    I think by now every NBA player should know the rule. They should also know that it is enforced strictly. This really shouldn’t be an issue. OK to complain about the rule itself but don’t get mad if you get suspended for breaking it.

  • doyouwantmore

    If I knew the rule I would somehow find the superhuman strength to remember it.

  • underdog

    Don’t underestimate the word of Ron Ron on this topic, because if somebody knows a thing or two about suspensions, that’s him.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Ron is SO right here. I think the rule should apply when players leave the bench to come more than 1 or 2 steps onto the court or to engage in the confrontation/etc…
    It really is just a natural reaction to jump up and take a step or two forward…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Roberto: You’re an idiot. This rule was implemented long before the Pistons/Pacers brawl. Why are YOU talking about Ron Artest?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    he’s right. imagine if a player goes after another player, like swinging and no one is nearby to stop it, just the bench guys, do you just stand there? Especially if it was a big man going to beat down a smaller guy, do you let the guy get beat down? There should be exceptions.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    I agree with Ron 100%