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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  23 responses

Taj Gibson Says Elbow to Elton Brand’s Face Wasn’t Intentional


Taj Gibson pleaded innocent when asked about his mini-scrap with Elton Brand last night, and shot down the suggestion that he might face a suspension from the NBA for the elbow he planted on Brand’s mug. Per the Chicago Tribune: “After they hit the deck fighting for a loose ball near the Bulls bench, the two exchanged elbows and Gibson appeared to graze Brand’s jaw with a forearm. The officials used replay to review the incident, and both were assessed technical fouls. ‘I have a lot of respect for Elton Brand,’ he said. ‘I look up to him. It’s good for basketball, guys going hard for their team.’ There was talk that the league would consider suspending Gibson because of his blow to Brand’s face. ‘Suspended?’ Gibson said. ‘I didn’t intentionally try to elbow him. I was just trying to play hard for my team. I’m not worried about that. It was guys just being aggressive and going hard for their team. It’s playoff basketball.’ And no hard feelings. Said Gibson: ‘He looked at me and said, ‘Are you good?’ I said, ‘I’m fine.’ That’s it. Move on.’ Brand agreed, calling it ‘just a tussle.’ ‘I felt that I had an elbow to the face,’ Brand said. ‘Can’t allow that. But nothing dirty. After the play was over, it was over.’”

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  • Marc

    OK maybe the 1st elbow but that second one to hold brand down look kind of suspect

  • Mid Bear

    Respect to Brand for not making a big deal out of it!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    He was looking Brand right in the face (as seen in slo-mo) when he put that elbow down.

  • DruNyce

    ‘It was obviously intentional’ dead-panned Stern.

  • LA Huey

    Haha. That 2nd one was hilarious. Taj did everything but smile and mouth “fack you” to Elton.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    The second burying of the elbow in Brands face was defintely intentional, however I don’t think he should be suspended. It got a little heated, but cooler heads prevailed.

  • Jay rose

    Happy to see my team still fighting for the second round. LETS GO BULLS!!

  • MELO

    this shouldn’t be a suspension.

  • dan

    no suspension. we all want to see this kind of intensity in playoff games. and when even brand says its ok, why even think of suspending gibson?

  • Marcos

    He should get 7 games too, just like Artest. He obviosuly tried to hit him once (and missed), then he put his forearm on his face to hold him down.
    But he’ll probably NOT have any punishment, for “basketball reasons”.

    Brand didn’t make a fuss about it because he’s a man, and he’s gonna hit back when battling for rebounds. They all play hard, it’s basketball.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhML7iq4dK491bduli Max

    Than that would be the most intentional unintentional elbow ever..
    But please Stern, let this one slip.

  • WhoDat

    No one mentioned the elbow from Brand to Taj mid section lol. So if Taj gets a 1 game suspension, Brand should as well because it was initiated by Brand 1st.

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

    I’m just gonna take a guess and say that Marcos is… a Clippers fan? Whoops.

  • Top$helf

    How was that a double tech what’s Brand supposed to do just lay there like a succa while Gibson lays on him and drops bows

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

    Hmm, intentional elbow to the head? Have we seen this before, but its taj, not ron, so….

  • barnabusb

    Macho style! Ohhhhhh yeah!

  • Lloyd

    The difference between Taj’s incident and Ron Artest’s is that they were fighting for the ball so there can be some doubt put into whether his intention was to injure or to gain better positioning to wrestle the ball away. There is no way to defend Artest’s elbow from accusations of malicious intent. The best you can do is try to say, “his intention wasn’t to hit him in the head!” which is a weak defence at best. Taj was cool after, Brand was cool after, let em play Stern.

  • Mike Mihalow

    @ the 19 sec mark, he’s clearly going for his face, and not the ball.
    1 game suspension.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    even if he hit him with that elbow, it would have done absolutely nothing. holy over-reaction.

  • Fat Lever

    Old School Chevy! Love EB’s old school mentality. He’s a stabilizing figure in the Sixer locker room.

  • Yeah I’m A Sixers Fan !!!

    Gibson, and his partner in crime Boozer have been pulling this garbage all series long. Taking cheap shots when they can. As far as I am concerned no suspension for either one, but perhaps the Sixers should put in Battie for a bit and let him guard Gibson when he gets to the hoop. A well placed clothesline, or a shove in the back might smarten up Mr. Gibson.

  • robb

    accidental my @ss

  • Mike From Spain

    this was nothing. Just fighting over the ball and getting a bit chippy. Move along, nothing to see here

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