Stan Van Gundy Rips Stern, NBA
Alston was suspended Thursday for slapping Boston's Eddie House in the back of the head at the end of Game 2 Wednesday as they were running down court after a basket by House.
Van Gundy compared it to the Boston-Chicago first round series when Rajon Rondo smacked Brad Miller in the face as he drove to the basket in the closing seconds of a close game. Rondo received only a personal foul call againt him and no suspension.
"The problem that players have, coaches have, and fans have, is they can't fathom that the slap to the head (by Alston), which was minor, was a one game suspension. And what Rondo did to Brad Miler was nothing,'' Van Gundy said. "David Stern says the league can't take the chance injury, but I'd say the Rondo-Miller play had a lot greater chance of injury than what Rafer did to House.''
Van Gundy also confirmed that shooting guard Courtney Lee would return to action after missing the past three games -- two in this series -- after surgery to repair a fractured sinus cavity. Van Gundy then returned his discussion back to Rondo and why he never was suspended.
"The question everyone has is why, when Brad Miller is going to the hoop, why can (Rondo) just take a swing at somebody. The only ones who agreed that he didn't wind up and follow through were Stu Jackson and David Stern,'' Van Gundy said. "Everybody else , including Boston fans, agreed that he (Rondo) wound up and followed through. But that's how they saw it."