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It Wasn’t Goaltending

Chuck - Red's Army June 8, 2009 Uncategorized 8 Comments on It Wasn’t Goaltending


Not sure why the sports blogosphere is suddenly buzzing about the alleged goaltending at the end of Game 2.

I've dug up the NBA rules on goaltending. Here are the sections that apply to last night's controversial ending to the Lakers/Magic game.

Section I-A Player Shall Not:

a. Touch the ball or the basket ring when the ball is using the basket ring as its
lower base.

i. Vibrate the rim or backboard so as to cause the ball to make an unnatural

Pau Gasol clearly touches the basket ring but the ball is no where near the rim at the time. And he did not vibrate the rim enough to cause an unnatural bounce.

In other words, you need to do a little more than just touch the rim. If you don't believe me, ESPN's Chris Sheridan had this piece of information...this morning. I guess no one reads

We can't help the folks in central Florida resolve that first problem,
but we can give you the official answer on the second. NBA supervisor
of officials Bernie Fryer told that if Gasol's hand had shaken
the basket, caused the stanchion to move or touched the rim while the
ball was on the rim, the correct call would have been goaltending.

But since none of those things happened, according to Fryer, "It was a cut-and-dried no-call."

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  • celt

    if they counted that as goaltending, then same goes for howard when he blocked gasol. if both where correct calls, then game would still be tie.

  • Nobody hates the Losers more than me and I knew it was clean.

  • I pray every day that the Lakers lose.
    With every Magic loss, the Lakers come closer to their 15th championship. Arrrghh – it pains me to even say the words “Lakers” and “Fifteen Championships”. -Ugh.
    I still knew that was not a goaltend though. lol.

  • I may hate them more than

  • Has anyone else heard that the C’s have reportedly made a verbal offer to the sixers to trade tony allen and jr giddens for willie green?
    that makes no sense, what a dumb trade that would be, if thats the kind of offseason we are in for i am going to be in a shitty mood all summer

  • rod

    as mentioned before, if this was a goaltend then howards through the basket block was also a goaltend.

  • Hrvoje

    maybe you should all start some anti-hate therapy?
    this is getting ridiculous. I thought only here in Europe peeps are so delusional

  • I’d say Green is better than Allen or Giddens, so we’d upgrade our backup for rayray. And TA is always injured anyway, so we wouldn’t lose any depth…