Posted 05/15/2007 at 02:20 AM
NBA Commissioner David Stern can suspend Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for "leaving the bench" after Robert Horry took a cheap shot at Steve Nash when the game was nearly out of reach.
But if he does, it'll be the biggest mistake he's made since he's been in office.
Bottom line: What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong.
And it will be wrong to suspend Stoudemire and Diaw, especially with the Suns pulling an unlikely comeback to win Game 4 at San Antonio.
With the series now even, they are in control headed back home. In control, that is, if Phoenix is at full strength.
I've always liked Robert Horry, but that incident is all on him. He should be supended for one game at least, maybe two when you consider the elbow he threw at Raja Bell when the players had a few words after Nash went flying.
By suspending Stoudemire and Diaw, who both took a step or two each across the line but didn't participate in any negative fashion, the balance of power between these teams will be swayed dramtically toward the Spurs.
In essence, Stern would reward Horry's team for him instigating the scene and nearly injuring Nash.
That would obviously be unfair and this is the playoffs. It's a commissioner's job to make sure that fairness rules the day, especially this time of year.
Don't blow this one, commish.