Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Phil Jackson Thinks Ron Artest Will Be Suspended for Game 3

Ron-Ron’s frustration bubbled over last night as he clotheslined JJ Barea in the dying moments of the Mavericks’ Game 2 win in L.A., an act that the NBA will likely not take lightly. Just ask Charles Barkley and Phil Jackson. From the LA Times: “After watching a clip of Lakers forward Ron Artest clothesline Dallas guard Jose Barea in the closing seconds of the Lakers’ 93-81 Game 2 loss Wednesday to the Mavericks, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson conceded there’s a ‘good chance’ Artest will be suspended for Game 3 on Friday. ‘It’s uncalled for,’ said Jackson, a rare admission considering he often argues on his players’ behalf when certain ejections shouldn’t result in a suspension. ‘It’s a good chance he’ll be suspended, but I hope not.’ The league office, according to NBA rules, will consider the following factors in determining whether to classify a foul flagrant 1 or 2, reclassify the flagrant foul and impose a fine and/or suspension: ‘how hard the foul was; the outcome of the foul (e.g., whether it led to an altercation); and the level of the injury sustained by the player who was fouled.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Sternbot quietly asks Ron for that citizenship award back…

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    It was JJ’s fault…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Sigh, how pathetic Ron. The man has become a role model and this is the sh*t he does? Inexcusable.


    La La Land is melting.

  • Atsushi

    that was just the frustration.
    Ron is an nice guy °-^

  • Hambone

    I really don’t like the way Marion just walks away.

  • angus

    it sounded like in the huddle just before this the mavs talked about ron doing something exactly like this which is probably the only reason the mavs just let the officials deal with it, i too was disappointed that no one on the mavs ran over to get in rons face but after hearing jkidd say that they planned for this i understand.

  • rich

    they should suspend him before tyson chandler follows through and whips the ball in his headtop like he almost did to bynum

  • Swisscheese

    Ya people, Mr. Artest won that citizenship award for his efforts off the court, because he realized that there is something bigger than basketball. there is no such thing as an award for being the nicest guy on the court, and just because he did commit a silly flagrant 2 foul worthy of a one game suspension – which was definitely uncalled for (the foul)- doesn’t take anything away from his efforts off the court to promote mental health issues. I’m still fine with presenting Ron Artest as a role model.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Meh, idiot move. If Artest wanted to take someone out if should’ve went for someone more important than JJ Barea. Not that he should’ve done anything like that in the first place

  • flipnoyce

    And the Lakers go 0 n 3 against the Mavs on their next game. Nicely done Ron. Your single might have had some impact that made you “GO LOCO”.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Not one Mav came to JJ’s defense, or even feigned interest in the altercation? Lol.

  • flipnoyce

    ^^^No one came to JJ defense cause the Mavs are smart enough that they don’t want any of their core to be suspended as well. Smart move by Dallas by not sinking into LA’s level.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And Marion walked up to Barea and briefly touched him. So there’s that.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Not only did Artest grab JJ’s face, he also appeared to have hurt Lamar Odom’s arm. Odom was clutching his wrist after that.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It was a citizenship award…from the planet brainless.