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In basketball, there’s a pretty fine line between a charge and a foul. And it’s pretty clear that whoever refereed the Knicks-Grizzlies game at Madison Square Garden last night does not know where that line is.
Just ask Lou Amundson.
On Monday night, the New York forward took a pass from a teammate and turned to take the ball to the hoop. However, Memphis point guard Mike Conley came rushing in to set a pick, smashing the ball into Amundson’s face with his sternum.
The rules, of course, say that whoever gets to a spot first owns that spot. Thus, if a defensive player setting a screen gets his feet set and an offensive player with the ball runs into him, it’s a charging foul on the offensive player. However, if the defensive player does not get his feet set and an offensive player runs into him, it’s a foul on the defensive player.
In the case of the Amundson-Conley collision, it’s pretty clear that (a) Amundson has the ball and (b) Conley’s feet are not set. Hell, Conley basically runs over Amundson like an NFL linebacker. And yet, somehow, the refs saw a charge.
Take a look:
Being on the Knicks is bad enough. But you get pounded like this and they call a foul on you? That there is the kind of thing that makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
Hang in there, Lou Amundson.
Hat Tip – [Fan Sided]