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MONROE: NBA toughens up after Shaq incident

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Mike Monroe

 
   
 
Want to know what's up with all the suspensions being meted out recently by NBA Czar of Discipline Stu Jackson? I think what's up is Shaquille O'Neal. In case you've not been paying attention:
  • Wizards center Jahidi White sat out his team's win over Atlanta Friday night after being fined $7,500 and suspended one game for an on-court tussle with Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Thursday.
  • Cavs rookie DeSagana Diop will sit out his team's game Saturday night because he left the bench during the fracas.
  • Sacramento's Chris Webber was suspended one game this week for throwing an elbow at Utah rookie Jarron Collins' head.
  • Hawks' forward Shereef Abdur-Rahim and Houston's Kenny Thomas served three-game suspensions for a fight in Atlanta on Jan. 21. It had been a very peaceful season until O'Neal and Chicago's Brad Miller got into a punch-up on Jan. 12 that resulted in a three-game suspension for O'Neal and a one-game suspension for Miller. What followed was widespread disagreement about O'Neal's penalty. Some thought it too lenient. Others, mostly Phil Jackson and Lakers fans, thought it too harsh for a guy who gets fouled so hard and so often. Now I think Jackson, the NBA's vice-president of operations, is feeling extra pressure to prove he is serious about controlling violence on the court. One NBA executive said Jackson's suspension of Webber, in particular, seemed an excessive punishment designed strictly to make a point. A word to the wise, of course, is sufficient. The NBA's big men are going to have to be on their best behavior for a while. The law of the street is in effect: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Mike Monroe can be reached at his e-mail address, mmonroe@foxsports.com.
  • Tagged: Bulls, Cavaliers, Rockets, Lakers, Kings, Jazz, Wizards, Brad Miller, DeSagana Diop, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Jarron Collins

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