View Full Version : The NBA wrote me back...

04-27-2004, 12:06 PM

04-27-2004, 12:10 PM
Both feet on the floor apparently doesn't mean leaving the bench to them I guess.

04-27-2004, 12:41 PM
That is what they've said all along. For reference, see the article Ragnar posted on here and our discussion at that time


04-27-2004, 12:47 PM
That is the same exact response I got from them! Bullsh*t! LOL.

I quote from my email from the NBA:

"April 27, 2004

We are responding to your e-mail to the National Basketball Association
regarding events in Game 1 of the Indiana/Boston series and the NJ/NY

So that you have a better understanding of why Ron Artest was
the league rule regarding altercations states clearly that any player
leaves the bench area in connection with an altercation during a game
be subject to an automatic one-game suspension and a fine. The rule is
place to protect all participants – players, coaches and officials --
situations that can cause injury. It was determined by the league
that during an incident in Game 1 of the Boston-Indiana series, Artest
indeed left the bench area. Due to the player's actions, an automatic
suspension was warranted.

Regarding the incident in Game 1 of the New York-New Jersey series that
reference, league officials determined that Richard Jefferson did not
the bench area and thus no action was taken.

Each case is examined closely and fairly by league officials and judged
it own merit. All of us at the NBA are ceaselessly striving to improve
enhance our game and are dedicated to ensuring that every NBA game is
called as fairly and accurately as possible.

Thank you for writing to the NBA.

B. W. Barnett
Fan Relations
National Basketball Association"

Looks like a form letter!

04-27-2004, 01:28 PM
yeah it's the same pre formatted response I got too , I got the same email hey it only took them more than a week to repond :laugh:

04-27-2004, 01:44 PM
I got the exact same response too. I'd like to know how many e-mails they received about it. Makes you wonder if they actually even read what we wrote. :mad:

Will Galen
04-27-2004, 02:49 PM
I got the exact same response too. I'd like to know how many e-mails they received about it. Makes you wonder if they actually even read what we wrote. :mad:

If Jefferson was in the vicinity of the bench why was Erving punished when the Knicks scuffled with Miami? He was standing on the floor watching too.

It's really ridiculous to punish someone like Artest when they start out on the floor and then remember the rules and come back. The NBA will find that sooner or later someone will start out and then remember the rules and continue anyway, because going back doesn't help them.

It appears to me that the NBA's rules are knee jerk reactions from whoever enforces them with no real thought going into them.

04-27-2004, 02:53 PM
The NBA's standard email to all of you who sent emails to them, and the NBA's logic in the handling of this situation are :bs:

04-27-2004, 03:48 PM
I got the same email as well. I really wanted to write back and ask him to define 'vicinity' but I didn't. I want to know if vicinity is 1 step or 2 steps or 3 steps? Does the jersey you are wearing matter? Does your name matter? Does it matter if you are going to be on the Olympic team? Does it matter if the President of your team is only 3 short years removed from being the right hand man of the Czar, er commissioner? This is the crap that is hurting this league - inconsistency.

04-28-2004, 11:27 AM
I did try to write them back, but just hitting "reply" doesn't work. Anyway, here's what I wrote:

To whom it may concern:

This is an automated and/or form e-mail being sent to you in response to the
automated and/or form e-mail you sent to us regarding the non-automated and
non-form e-mail we sent to you which we painstakingly composed so as to not
appear to be biased. Your response is appreciated.

NBA fan trying very hard not to be ticked off at receiving a form letter in
response to very legitimate concerns.