Puffdad wrote: ↑
February 3rd, 2020, 10:48 am
Can you imagine a “rule book” on how to behave??? LMAO...The basketball officials try to call the game by the rules of basketball.....not the rules of how to act. Do we want officials to hand out Bibles? That is exactly what we’re discussing here. Grow up and be responsible for your own team behavior and your own personal behavior. It’s common sense but common sense sometimes eludes us.
All rules (law) are based on behavior. In important matters, behavior is legislated so that harm is not done to the common good. Slats Grobnik likes to get stewed and then get in his car to drive home. That's behavior, which is legislated so someone doesn't get harmed. In basketball, (sports) we legislate behavior for the good of the game. Who would watch basketball if we allowed players to behave in any manner they wish? John Doe wants to grab some good shooter's arm every time he puts up a shot. Jane Doe wants to step out of bounds on a drive along the baseline. Yes, sportsmanship is legislated for the good of basketball. Taunting is not allowed and that's a behavior. Flagrant 1 and 2's are issued for grabbing a player when you don't have a defense for him so he doesn't go down for an easy lay up and that's behavior. Coaches yelling at a ref get a technical and that is behavior. Swinging on the rim, after a dunk, can be met with a penalty.
Of course, we can't legislate every unsportsman like behavior. Someone honks at Mary and Mary flashes the middle finger. Cathy Honker doesn't like that so she cuts her off in traffic and it escalates. We can't legislate the giving of a middle finger, even though it was bad behavior, but at some point the behavior breaks a rule.
I'm simply saying this. Perhaps there should be some clearer rules regarding end of game scenarios so they don't lead to fights, which is bad for the game. If D. Gordon had been given a technical, no fight. If Silvio is given an immediate technical, there is no fight. But, perhaps there is too much gray area in some of these sportsmanship issues and that's why we don't legislate.
I can assure you that many coaches have walked off the court thinking they, and their team, behaved in a very sportsmanlike way and the other coach didn't think so. Such is the quandary of the unwritten rule.