Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  44 responses

Should Kevin Love Be Suspended for Stomping on Luis Scola’s Face?

Kevin Love insists that the face-stomping was an accident, and Luis Scola seems to have moved on, but should the Timberwolves’ forward face any kind of disciplinary action from the NBA? The Houston Chronicle seems to think he should: “Despite their best efforts, Kevin Love and the Timberwolves should have no chance of convincing the NBA it was just a Love tap. Love went Savion Glover on Luis Scola’s face. Love might be one of the league’s best young players, but the league presumably still frowns on players treating other players’ faces as starting blocks. Knowing he is in jeopardy of getting hit with a suspension – and this should be a no-brainer one-game suspension — Love did his best to spin the answer. In fact, he danced around it so well, he could have tap-danced on the head of a pin, which makes it difficult to buy his argument that he has feet so large, he just could not miss Scola’s face. He did, however, succeed at running up the floor while Scola’s head bounced around on the hardwood. [...] ‘I mean, he fell down after the play. He just kind of laid there and I’ve got size 19 feet so… I just happened to be there. I had nowhere to go. I got kind of tripped up and I just had nowhere to step, he was right there. It was a heat of the moment type of play and he was right there and it happened to be his face, just like in Houston like it happened to be my groin. I’ve always had a large amount of respect for Luis (sic) so … I’m sure he didn’t take it personal; it was nothing personal towards their team. They have a lot of great players, they’re well coached. Like I said, it’s nothing personal.’”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCbDnPDBff4 Caboose

    Yeah, one game suspension. Click my name for the video.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Man, I miss those Houston commentators. I would be rooting for the Rockets and I’d still have to mute them.
    But yeah, Love looked right at him and made no attempt to avoid stepping on him.

  • Mike Mihalow

    @Caboose: They provided a better video link at the top of the article.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCbDnPDBff4 Caboose

    My bad, missed that one.

  • AD

    metta would have got like 15 games and a big fine

  • robb

    He should be punished no question

  • startown

    Well, the guy (Scola) threw the ball and hit him in the marbles the week before, so I would let everything be equals.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Ya last name is Love and you stepping in people’s chests???? That dont even sound right man! What are you doing? tryna take out all of ur all star reserve competition?

  • LS

    Love made a comment referring to Scola’s ‘groin attack’ on him from the previous meeting between the two teams when discussing what happened with the stomp. He knew what he was doing and who he was doing it to. Suspension!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp

    So is he saying he did it on purpose or on accident? I couldn’t tell from his comments. Anybody know?

  • Mike From Spain

    I would say suspension, not a big one because it is his first incident. If he repeats, then longer suspensions. Idk what is the standard for a first, but I’d say somewhere between 1 and 4 games.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    I think that was the point AllenP. He has a future in politics

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    ANd I think “Stomping” is a strong word in this incident. He didn’t even leave a shoe print.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen he’s saying he accidentally did it on purpose.

  • MikeC.

    From how I view the incident, it was unintentional, but he’s not exactly sorry it happened.

  • Pavlos

    @MikeC. You’re blind. It looks completely intentional. There was plenty of room for him to step anywhere. I’m one to remain neutral, but to say that it looks unintentional… dumb.

  • tomtom

    Intentional and just a cheap shot, I’m not a fan of suspensions but this is warranted. And dont compare it to the ball in the crotch thing, that is a legit bball play, this is not.

  • David Moore

    This situation makes me wish guys still played like players used to play in the 80s. Just take your licks and move on….lol

  • Kinetik

    love looked at scola before the “unintentional” stomp. maybe the dude had summer lessons from bowen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    co-sign AD and LS. Imagine if this was artest or steven jackson doing this. Stern would probably hit them with something ridiculous.

  • JD

    Love’s focus was on the ball when it came loose, not on Scola on the floor. Love turns around to start running to the other side, and that’s when Scola interrupted his stride with his arms and face. Try interrupting your own stride by walking into a chair leg or something. Your going to make a stutter step that looks like Love’s stomp. It’s a completely natural reaction/motion and it happened in like a tenth of a second. No way you can say it was intentional, especially without similar previous incidents. No suspension. Scola’s face was in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like Love’s nuts were the previous game.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    2 game suspension sounds about right.

  • paul

    Why hasn’t he been suspended already? How could there possibly be any question about it? What a sickening play.

  • Blake O

    He DIDN’T step on his face, he stepped on his chest, and only after losing his balance. Plus he was getting COMPLETELY hacked on the other side of the court the play before. You only need to look at the video to realize that nothing vicious or ill-intentioned happened on the play.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Blatant. He looked right at him, stepped on his face and kept it moving. 5 game suspension, minimum.
    Had the back of his jersey said world peace, jackson, oneal, etc. He would be called a cheap shot artist thug.
    Dude even mentioned what happened previously, love did this on purpose. I think its obvious. Let’s see how the league handles this with their albino golden boy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp

    I can see how it could look unintentional. I thought he was trying to run, and just put his foot down at first. Then when I looked at it again, it seemed like he was looking down at Scola, and gave a little extra “ummph” when he came down on his face.
    That’s why I wanted to hear what he said. He apologized straight up, then he meant to do it. But he was kind of trying to play both sides. That’s almost as bad as the stomp, just like with Suh. I say you just own up and move on.

  • alex

    love ha spent a little bit of time training with Suh during the lockout. lmao

  • Drunyce

    The fact that he’s not already suspended is a joke. If he was b……; he’d already be suspended. Stern + double standard = No surprise.

  • LaKid

    First, he did not step on his face. What the hell are people watching? Second, when you watch the replay there was clearly just nowhere to step, he tripped up and rather than barrel-rolling out, he stepped. That being said, no need for punishment.

  • Björn Atli

    The rest will do Love good. He’s playing 39 minutes per game.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I WANT to say it looked accidental, but C’mon now..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Cause he couldn’t jump again with his right foot?
    Your blinded by your love for Love!

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    That was @LaKid

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Mmmmm.. He stepped on him purposely. The crisp ball rip and puffed chest before-hand is all the evidence you need.

  • bike

    However Love spins this, it is irrelevant what he says. It should have been called on the spot with Love getting ejected after a quick review. Another example of some poor refereeing that is infecting the league right now.

  • ClydeSays

    Seems like he looks down, steps on Scola’s chest & then runs up court. Suspended.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    You gotta be a f*ckin idiot to think he had nowhere to step so he used Scola’s chest as a second option

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Scola is a tough man. he dishes and receives punishments. so i don’t think he cares that much about suspension or not.
    that being said, Love must have learned a few things from Kurt Rambis when he was coaching there…

  • Jason

    You people are nuts, and blind, lmao. I laugh when I see the comments about it being intentional. Love isn’t Artest or Bynum, and never has been, and doesn’t try to intentionally hurt anyone. You can clearly see, yes clearly for those who are not blind, that he didn’t intentionally step on his face. He went to step with his right foot and it got tangled in Scola’s arm, which caused him to studder step with his left foot onto Scola’s face. Besides, Scola flopped to the ground before that. If you’re gonna flop, you’re eventually gonna get a foot to the face. Love wasn’t looking down at Scola, he was looking at the ball. As soon as he sees Rubio recover the ball, he turns around and starts to run. Scola throws his hands up to protect himself, and in the process, clips Love’s right foot, causing him to studder step with the left. Kevin Love isn’t like Kevin Garnett, or Metta, you guys are seriously biased.

  • startown

    I would rather get stepped on, than have a basketball fired into my nuggets, which one would hurt worse?

    Scola didn’t intentionally throw the ball at Love’s nuts? Well, maybe not but he didnt aim at his leg either, whipped it pretty hard at his midsection.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I don’t know if it was intentional. He wasn’t looking to hurt Scola though. Can’t believe dudes are on here trying to act like that was a “super dirty” play. Love was straight up in BeastMode™ on the previous play when he grabs three consecutive boards and then finally puts it in.

  • Mike from Spain

    Yall acting as though Kevin Love had done this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj6h8TF58U

  • https://twitter.com/rpravato Ryan

    Kevin Love is white…therefore he will be spared harsh punishment

  • MikeC.

    The real question should be: how did Love not get called for a foul on the play that dumped Scola on the floor in the first place?