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News » NBA PLAYOFFS REACTION TO ROUGH STUFF Karl comes to Martin's defense The coach of the Nuggets can't understand why the NBA chose


NBA PLAYOFFS REACTION TO ROUGH STUFF Karl comes to Martin's defense The coach of the Nuggets can't understand why the NBA chose


NBA PLAYOFFS REACTION TO ROUGH STUFF Karl comes to Martin's defense The coach of the Nuggets can't understand why the NBA chose
The NBA's slogan is "where amazing happens," and Nuggets coach George Karl couldn't agree more after forward Kenyon Martin was fined $25,000 for a flagrant foul Sunday in Game 1 against Dallas.

"The NBA's amazing, absolutely amazing," Karl said Tuesday morning at Denver's shootaround, his first public reaction since Martin was fined Monday. "That's all I'm going to say, other than it's way out of line, crazy, amazing. ? Doesn't Nike have one 'unbelievable,' too? You have some commercials that define what happened with that fine."

At the shootaround Karl, defended Martin, whose knockdown of Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki led to the fine. Martin had received a technical foul for the play, but that was rescinded and now he has only two in the postseason (seven would lead to a one-

game postseason suspension).

"I'm confused. I saw some hits in Chicago-Boston, Atlanta-Miami, and this was not on top of the list from my observation," Karl said. "It's amazing to me. ? The rules are changing and their interpretation, I think, is in a good place. They're trying to make the game a Basketball game and not a wrestling match or boxing match. The consistency of what we're trying to figure out is, as a coach, I got to help Kenyon through this, and I'm having trouble doing it."

Karl said the officiating in the postseason has had a "consistent rhythm" but said the "blips have been these interpretations. ? it seems like the interpretation has been on past history, and I'm not sure that's the way it should be. ? Kenyon is a tough defender that, at times, gets the wrong interpretation because he's so tough."

Some in the Nuggets organization suggested Nowitzki fell harder than he should have, to get the attention of the officials. Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said Monday: "Dirk is one of the greatest players ever in the NBA. And he's a good actor, too."

At the Mavericks' shootaround, Nowitzki said with a slight smile about Chapman, a former NBA guard, "I didn't know Rex Chapman was still alive. I don't think I really acted on that play. I drove baseline, got bumped and fouled and kept on driving, but sometimes with the continuation in the league I guess they didn't want to make sure I didn't lay it in and get a chance to count the basket. I don't think I acted on that play. ?

``I've never had acting lessons.''


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 7, 2009

 

 
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