Just three minutes after the first three minutes, the Pacers starting point guard Tinsley could not hold his left leg after two games and had to replace Anthony Johnson. On the field to cut 33 points Hamilton pacer coach. Carlisle fear, the first quarter he let the defense end before the main opposition double Wallace Artest began to entangle Hamilton. Affected by this, masked mans no ball was greatly disturbed, only by the free throw to win a point, piston attack paralyzed to 17 for 3, and Walkers 19 for 10 seems to let the audience see a ray of glory different from this series.
But the light swept away with the second quarter: for three and a half minutes, both teams failed, and the score was still 27-24 with less than a minute left in the half-time. Too much confrontation means more physical consumption, the layup is not in the middle, the two teams play iron frequently, and the game is back to the stone age. In the first half, the two teams scored 60 points; the pistons shot 10 of 42 shots in the half-time, 23.8%; and the Pacers scored 10 points in the second quarter, which was the lowest record in the playoffs. (the total 134 points of the two teams were the second lowest in history, and the first in history was 130 points created by pistons and Celtics in 2002, 64-66)
In the words of Tinsleys last game, if Naismith knew that basketball had been played like this by us, he would have to turn over in the grave.
Sure enough, in the fourth quarter, compared with the pistons down-to-earth manner, the Pacers were more and more impatient. Finally, Artest broke out after a miss. The next round, he was first touched by Hamiltons stomach, and then his right hand immediately hit Hamiltons face. The latter immediately spilled blood on the court.
Artests irrational actions became the turning point of the game. The referee gave a malicious foul, Hamilton hit two free throws, Rashid Wallace rebounded the front court successfully, the pistons took the lead for the first time, at the same time, instantly opened the difference to 4 points. With 1:15 left, Hamilton again took cover to get rid of Artests throw, and maintained the score in four points again. With Artests dunk and three-point miss, the Pacers thus ruined the chance to enter the finals.
After the game, Artest complained like a girl: he elbowed me in the stomach, I just raised my arm to defend myself, it was he who bumped into my hand.
Hamilton was elated: Im glad Ive been hit, and sometimes its a blow that makes you more focused. This is not the case. Liang Zi has ended up like this.
ONeal, on the other hand, hugged the pistons with great grace and said at a news conference: we are too young and lack of experience in this kind of situation. If this failure has taught us anything, it is undoubtedly experience. Were going to make a comeback next year.
Because of this, the teams only veteran, Indiana totem Reggie Miller, also decided to play for another year. Although the pistons won the championship, the Pacers have reason to believe that their future is just as bright.
Auburn Hill Palace stadium, Auburn hill, Detroit, MI
I told my players that all you got to the finals was to misjudge this damned injury.
u2014u2014Larry Bird, general manager of Walker
Half a year later, the two teams met for the first time, and the defending champion pistons were not in good condition after the start of the game, only 4-3. As for the Pacers, although Shaquille ONeal and Artest both had absenteeism records, Miller had not played at all, but Stephen Jackson, the new recruit who replaced Harrington, played fairly well. The team was 6-2. As the media and fans expected, it became one of the top teams in the East.
Artest kept a good start to the season, receiving Tinsleys pass and jump shot, scoring 17 points in a single quarter. Dinsleys five steals in the half also reminded the pistons that they passed the Pacers last season, which was due to his hamstring.
The pistons, who were 20 points behind in the first half, were close to five points in the early fourth quarter. But they missed eight shots in a row, and the three-point run by crosshill and Jackson pulled the score back to 14 points, and the pistons couldnt catch up.
However, the referee is slowly losing control of the field. With 6:43 left, Hamilton sneaked his elbow into Tinsleys back when he returned to the field, and the pressure of the Pacers bench rose sharply, because it was obviously a malicious foul, but the referee just gave a no pain, no itching foul; with 1:25 left, Ben Wallace blocked Artest and hit the latter under the backbones, and the referee did not make any penalty. People dont like a referee like Joey Crawford, but if hes in charge of the game, the frequent whistle will keep the game under control.
Towards the end of the game, I heard someone say to Ron, you can find one now (find a guy who has had a dispute and give him a foul). (Artest himself said afterwards that his professional attitude did not allow him to let water at any time.) Jackson went on, but Ron seems to have got the wrong match. Big Bens big brother just died, and hes in grief.
When the game is over, I dont think how many people in the League will hurt others. Its a little unusual, and I think thats probably why we would have reacted like that.
u2014u2014Pistons coach Larry Brown said.
Just after Ben Wallaces innocuous layup, Artest sneaked him down with a vicious move. After that, the time of the race was always 45.9 seconds, with the Pacers 97-82 pistons.
Ben Wallace turned and pushed Artest almost from the paint area to the three-point line and rushed up to dry him. Between the two protagonists, of course, there was no fight between the referee, the players and the coach.
Hunt later recalled: I was stopping Hamilton, he was my good brother. Im old and dont want to fight. I said to Jackson, Hey, I know you dont want to fight in front of so many people. Ive been boxing for 9-10 years, and that doesnt scare me
At this time, Ben Wallace has been opened by Rashid Wallace, and it seems that there will be no more problems.
However, we have ignored the initiator of this fight, Artest.
While Ron was lying on the table, one of his assistants, a young man named Chad Weiner, was rubbing his stomach like Ron was his pet dog, and I was thinking, why dont these people get this man down?
u2014u2014Mark Boyle, reporter for walkers radio
But things are easier said than done. As you know, Artest has a lot of neurotic behavior. He was born in New Yorks famous queens block. His father was a former Navy soldier, semi professional boxer, and now a full-time drunkard. This excellent growth environment and outstanding genetic factors also made Artest infected with mania when he was 8 years old. The stadium is his hospital, otherwise hes either in prison or in a mental hospital, his college teammates later said As this person said, Artest has not entered the NBA, because he missed the rookie training meeting was fined.
Then came his excellent resume
In January 2003, he set the middle finger with heat coach Pat Riley; after losing to the Knicks in the same month, he smashed a Madison camera.
Next month, at the players Union dinner, in front of Clinton, fight James Posey.
In the first four months of 2003 alone, he suspended as many as seven times. Its better for such a troublemaker to lie on the scoreboard than to punch his legs.
We are trying to quell the chaos, but it seems unlikely. As long as Artest and Big Ben stay away from each other, we dont think it will escalate. Then we can study who should be expelled before the game starts Assistant referee on duty, donessey
As he lay on the scorers desk, the natural barrier disappeared. There is no barrier between you and the crowd. Usually, this is the players bench. Or you have to climb over the chair or over the scoreboard - which requires you to avoid doing crazy things. u2014u2014Tom Wilson, piston CEO
u2014u2014John Green, a beer fan at Artest
While I was lying on the ground, a piece of ice and glass liquid hit me in the chest and face. After that, its self-defense.
Its hard for anyone to accept something thrown in the face without retaliation.
Less than a minute after Artest lay on the scoreboard, a glass of beer was instantly thrown on him. A slap, soon, Artest immediately sober up, like a tiger in front of the sheep, regardless of Boyle in front of him, a foot in the past, rushed to the stage, caught a fan named Michael Ryan and asked: did you do it? He was caught before he could make a move at the first time. John Green, who actually threw the glass, tried to catch Artest from behind. Suddenly the scene is chaotic, Jackson enters with Artest and knocks down the fans who splash water twice.
After the event by Chinese fans as martial saint Stephen Jackson is an old expert in this respect. He had no ball to play after the draft and had to go to South America to make a living. There is a lot of chaos there, and fans will rush into the field to attack the visiting players at any time in the away game.
But this time it was a little different, Jackson said: people dont understand how it feels to be with someone you call a teammate. In a season, you spend more time with your teammates than with your family. How can you expect me not to help him, even if he was wrong? At that time, I couldnt tolerate knowing that my teammates were fighting in the stands and I didnt help him
He continued: my first reaction was to get Ron. But when I jumped into the stands, another guy threw beer in his face. I immediately retaliated. I dont regret being around my teammates, but I regret standing in the stands and fighting with the fans, which is totally wrong. But you dont think about that when you put your brothers people in danger. The only thing you want is to go out and help him. Thats the definition of a teammate. Unite and fight for your teammates. As Duncan said, Im the ultimate teammate. A lot of people think Im a thug in there. All I have in mind is that my teammates are fighting in the stands and Im going to be with him. When I took the first step into the stands, I knew that there would be no doubt that there would be bitter consequences behind it. But as long as I know that my teammate is alive and healthy, I can deal with the consequences, instead of standing on the court watching him, worrying about my career and money, and hes sitting there bleeding and dying
Naturally, the pistons did not sit idly by. Hamilton wanted to be in the audience, but was pulled by his teammates. Big Bens brother, David Wallace, punched Fred Jones in the back, who was already in the audience.
Rashid Wallace stood on the scoreboard trying to calm the incident, but it didnt seem to work. He went to the audience again and tried to pull people apart. He is the calmest of these people who has eaten the most skilled criminals. The venerable pistons coach Larry Brown picked up the microphone and wanted to shout something, because the whole scene was so ugly that he simply put down the microphone.
After 40 seconds, Artest was finally pulled down by the coaching team headed by Mike Brown. However, two fans (shakelford and Harry Haddad) wearing piston jerseys blatantly in front of him and put on a posture of coming to war. Artest killed the two young men who didnt speak martial arts with one stone.
Then, ONeal rushed to Haddads face like Ultraman. All the people present were sweating for the fan, ESPN reporter Gray said: if that punch is powerful, one punch may kill him.
Its like were stuck in a gladiator situation where the fans are lions and were just trying to get out of the environment. Thats how it felt at the time. There is no exit. You have to survive the Jedi.
Artest was pulled away by person and Reggie Miller, when 10 minutes of inaction police arrived at the scene, intending to spray tear gas at Artest.
Miller: weve got Ron Artest under control. They came. Im going to spray gas. I said to them, no, were under control. My clothes are worth hundreds of dollars.
They took Artest out of the stadium first. Jackson and ONeal and their assistant coach Mike Brown were not so lucky.
Among all the exits, Jackson left a proud figure. He didnt miss and didnt flash. Instead, he threw his shirt and yelled to the fans: come on, throw it. What do you want to do?
Then, they were examined in the dressing room and escorted to the bus by team management. Police were supposed to arrest the player and were saved by Walker assistant coach Kevin ONeill. The walkers made their way back to Indiana.
The most interesting part of the whole process was the conversation between Artest and Jackson
Jack, do you think were in trouble? Made Tinsley laugh.
Are you serious? Jackson became as confused as Artest, brother? Trouble? If we still have work tomorrow morning, it will be lucky
The events of last nights game were shocking, disgusting, unforgivable - a humiliation for everyone involved in the NBA. That explains why our players cant get into the stands, no matter what provocation or malice from the people watching the game. Our investigation is in progress and is expected to be completed tomorrow night.
Larry Bird said what he thought afterwards, thinking Artest would be banned for 10 games. However, the grapevine pointed out that Stern would hurt the killer this time, so he changed the psychological bearing bottom line to 30 games.
But as soon as the punishment came out, even bird was surprised. Artest this season has several games count several games, all banned, deducting all wages. Led by him, nine players suspended 146 games, deducting a total of $10 million in wages. (ONeals ban was reduced from 25 to 15 because he stayed on the court, not in the audience.)
This is obviously not the same as Artest expected. He thought it wasnt a big deal that night and said to his brother, Im just defending myself. Someone threw something at me, so I went to the stands and dealt with him. Its a five match ban at most
Jackson was more calm: I think stern has helped us enough. He could have kicked us out of the league. Id rather lose three million to keep my job than vice versa.
As Jackson said, the penalty is not serious. The incident had a huge impact on the leagues image, far beyond the specific teams and players involved that night, and it seemed to break the deep ties that had taken decades for communities and teams to build. If you think about the way the fans in the video dont know what to do with their hands. After many years of watching the walkers shirt again, they may have a psychological shadow.
Just as no party is innocent, there is no winner in this battle.
December 25, 2004 12:30 noon consecco stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
In the first half of the playoffs, the pistons even won the first round of the playoffs with a total of 38, and even went into the playoffs with the Boston pistons in the third round. I thought that the love and hatred of the two sides and the playoffs as a catalyst will let the game enter the turbulent waves again.
Thats exactly what I want. I want to see the pistons and Im sure the pistons think the same, ONeal said before the game.
But when they came to the game, the two teams were very civilized. The process of the game is certainly not surprising, no matter how tenacious the Pacers are, they are finally eliminated by pistons 4-2 without Artest. But judging from the attitude of the audience and the fans on both sides, the impact of that incident is declining a little bit.
Unfortunately, Pacers 39 year old comrade Reggie Miller played the last game of his career. Think of Miller gnashing teeth last year said to play another year, think of this season to the teams bad atmosphere, have to say really for him is not worth.
In the preseason of 2005-06 season, Artest returned to the Pacers. General manager Byrd was under great pressure to choose the platform for him, and Artest was the same as the cover of sports illustrated.
You think its over? no
ONeal Jr. was back and forth hearing in Detroit about the incident he caused, while Artest was absent-minded and still focused on his figure and album sales. This makes the teammates angry enough, the most exasperating is that Artest is still making trouble in the team, asking the management for a deal.
Im going to make a record. Im going to ask for leave!
I wont work for Carlisle. Trade me quickly.
I said the wrong thing. Let me stay.
This is what Artest did after that.
Pacers president Downey Walsh was the first contact on his team. Walsh was puzzled: his brother stood up for him because of that. Now, he came forward and said he wanted to be traded, which really put the team in a completely disadvantageous situation. They all feel that after he really hurt the team, he wants to leave again
As Jackson said, Artests decision made his teammates feel that the walkers, who had not been destroyed by the events at Auburn mountain palace, were slowly falling apart.
ONeal said: after that fight, we had a lot of problems and situations off the court. It was no longer right. Walsh went to New York to prove that.
In the end, Artest was traded to the king in February 2006, Stephen Jackson went to the warriors in February 2007, and ONeill went to the Raptors in February 2008, and this generation of walkers fell apart. From 2006 to 2011, the Pacers attendance at home, which was not big enough, has been suffering, and even dropped to the bottom of the league. But for the team culture has been tough for them, put bad this kind of thing no longer exists, has been to this day is also a playoff regular.
Compared with Artests apology to the Pacers top management and former teammates for not itching after winning the championship in 2010, ONeal cares more about the stability of fans and Indiana community
I feel that if I dont leave - thats one of the toughest decisions Ive made - that team will never get out of the shadow of the palace at Auburn hill. I live in Indiana, where you can walk into a restaurant and youll find that people there love you so much that when youre ready to pay, youll find that the bill has been paid. When you go to other places, there is so much love there, and I was one of them. Its a hard-working town where people turn on their TV to watch games every day when they go home from work, because these games have become a part of their lives. As well as getting through the shock of Mount Auburn palace, they also experienced many tough times. Indiana has one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States. So, these people also face a lot of difficulties for them.
Source: Houchang village sports team Author: Moffett, editor in charge: Zhou Juntao_ NS4573