As we all know, Dwight was suspended for Game 6 of the Philly series for an elbow that got away from him. There wasn’t really too much for Dwight and Magic fans to complain about, especially if you take a look at the rule book:
K. A technical foul, unsportsmanlike act or flagrant foul must be called for a participant to be ejected. A player, coach or trainer may be ejected for:
(1) An elbow foul which makes contact shoulder level or below
(2) Any unsportsmanlike conduct where a technical foul is assessed
(3) A flagrant foul where unnecessary and/or excessive contact occurs
EXCEPTION: Rule 12A–Section V–l(5)
L.A player, coach or trainer must be ejected for:
(1) A punching foul
(2) A fighting foul
(3) An elbow foul which makes contact above shoulder level
Let’s take one more look at Dwight’s elbow:
Again, going by the rules, there isn’t too much to argue about. HOWEVER, let’s fast forward to Game 2 between the Lakers and Rockets. Yes, you know where I am going with this. Kobe Bryant.
If the NBA were to go with the exact letter of the law as they did in Dwight’s case, Kobe should have been suspended for Game 3. Again, “A player… MUST BE EJECTED FOR… AN ELBOW FOUL THAT MAKES CONTACT ABOVE SHOULDER LEVEL.” I could care less about the LA/Houston series, or Kobe Bryant, but him not being suspended for a game casts more doubt on a league already full of officiating issues.