Along with the referees, flopping, and Adam Silver’s insistence that the NBA needs a tournament in the middle of the season, the NBA has a handful of issues they need to address. One of the issues that have been around for a while is the ‘fake tough guy’ issue. The NBA has cultivated an environment where grown men get to act like cowards, and the league essentially supports it. The league’s overly strict rules on fighting are a complete joke, and players who routinely play outside of the rules and use derogatory language towards their opponents will rarely get punished but if you even just throw a punch that misses terribly, Adam Silver and the rest of the aliens from E.T. will come down on you HARD. Do you know why they still allow fights in hockey? Because even the deplorable Gary Bettman realizes that the refs do not uphold justice in the game enough on their own, and the players need to make up the difference.
Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen provided a prime example of the exact behavior that I’m talking about last night against the Raptors. Here, he fouls Lowry but the refs miss the call (IMAGINE THAT), and as they fight for the ball, the 6’0″ Lowry and 6’11” Allen get tied up. Lowry gives him an extra tug on the arm no doubt, but watch Allen’s reaction and try not to get annoyed. (Go to 6:55 in the video)
Again, a friendly reminder that Jarrett Allen is a foot taller than Kyle Lowry. Realizing that Allen was pretending to be tough, Lowry turns around and says either “who are you?” or “what are you going to do?” and either way it’s fucking awesome. The big men of yesteryear would have tossed Lowry aside and laughed it off, but big-on-the-outside-but-little-on-the-inside Jarrett Allen decided this was a good look:
Embarrassing behavior from the biggest man on the court – and again, look who got punished. The little guy. Kyle Lowry did. Not Allen for the obvious foul that they missed, or the fact that he tried to intimidate him after (to hilariously ineffective levels). Sadly, this is the way of the world now. The people who have a backbone and want to stand up for themselves get punished, while cowards are allowed to throw stones from their neat and tidy corner. I’m much more offended by Jarrett’s fake tough guy act than Lowry’s little tug on the arm.
It’s cool though, buddy is probably just still butthurt over this: