Kirk Hinrich will get Tuesday night off

It’s official: “The NBA announced Saturday that Hinrich has been suspended for a game for making contact with referee Bennie Adams during the Bulls’ 108-95 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Hinrich was ejected in the fourth quarter when he was assessed a second technical foul by Adams. After the ejection, Hinrich followed Adams, apparently to get an explanation. There was contact as Hinrich, Adams and referee Tom Washington converged.”

The thing is, any “brushing” happened because he walked into a scrum. Take a look at the video (via Pippen Ain’t Easy):

Unfortunately, as John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times pointed out: “NBA vice president Stu Jackson, who handed out the penalty, didn’t interpret it that way. The league usually hands out some sort of punishment when there’s contact with an official — even if it was accidental or incidental.”

Man, sometimes when things fall apart, they really fall apart. But Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro is trying to keep a stiff upper lip: “Morale’s good. We just have to keep it together right now, get some rest, get some guys healthy, play a little bit better and try to make a run at it. But we have to get guys back right now.”

It’s possible that Derrick Rose (sprained left wrist) and Luol Deng (strained right calf) might be available for Tuesday night’s game in Memphis. Additionally, Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) might return in a week-ish.

Hopefully, by the time everybody is back and healthy, it won’t be too late.

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11 Responses to Kirk Hinrich will get Tuesday night off

  1. Mahmoud March 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Despite all this, we’re still on one and half games out of the 8th spot, and Toronto is having a similarly rough time, having lost their last four. Right now, Hollinger’s playoff odds have us missing the playoffs, but those change very rapidly on a game to game basis. We’re still in it, but we need very good execution over the next few weeks.

    I’d like to add that this is my favorite time of the year, sports wise. March Madness, teams pushing for the playoffs, NCAA track and field championships were yesterday, and the World Cup is right around the corner! If only I didn’t have finals right now…

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    Charles March 15, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    What the announcers failed to mention is that Wade took at LEAST 3 full steps before any contact. The camera angle is hard to see but I think he took 4

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    Mike March 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Wow. You posted the video, but you still can’t see the obvious intentional contact? He was yelling in Bennie’s ear, and then he grabbed his arm (2:32 in the video)! Even his coach shoved him away.

    You posted the video trying to make what case exactly?

    How delusional do you have to be to ignore that?

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    Matt McHale March 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    “Wow. You posted the video, but you still can’t see the obvious intentional contact? He was yelling in Bennie’s ear, and then he grabbed his arm (2:32 in the video)! Even his coach shoved him away.”

    Kirk was walking too close to Adams, no question. But Washington walked up and put his arm between Adams and Kirk (initiating the first contact) and then Adams stopped and started to turn around, at which point Kirk walked into him.

    If I’m walking down the street really closely behind someone, then they stop and a collision ensues, that’s different than if I try to walk into them.

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    Chris March 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Matt, Heinrich was clearly in the wrong in this case. Tommy Heinshom is blushing at how much of a homer you’re being right now.

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    E Dub March 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I was at the game. What everyone here is failing to realize is that Vinny Del Negro should have simply gone crazy and protected his players. Before the third tech was called this was still at least a tieable game. I know the Bulls are banged up and had multiple D leaguers out there, but Del Negro did NOTHING to protect Hinrich in that spot. He’s supposed to get tossed, not arguably his best player on the floor. I don’t see how the front office can envision bringing in any top tier free agent to play for this guy.

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    Matt McHale March 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    “Matt, Heinrich was clearly in the wrong in this case. Tommy Heinshom is blushing at how much of a homer you’re being right now.”

    Really? Tommy Heinsohn? That’s a wee bit of a stretch. It’s not like I’m freaking out or skinning a live kitten on national TV. (Okay. Tommy never did that. As far as you know.) I admitted Hinrich went crazy in my game recap, and I also conceded that Kirk never should have been that close to the ref, because it invites the possibility of physical contact.

    BUT…Kirk walking into the officials — one of whom purposely walked in his path and the other of whom stopped and turned when Kirk was right on top of him — is different than Hinrich walking up to a stationary official and chest-bumping him.

    Do you honestly feel that what Kirk did warrants a one-game suspension? I don’t, based on the circumstances. It’s not like I’m aruing against Kirk’s initial ejection or proposing sainthood for him.

    “I was at the game. What everyone here is failing to realize is that Vinny Del Negro should have simply gone crazy and protected his players.”

    Seemed like Vinny’s inexperience at work. It’s true that veteran coaches will often take a technical when their players are becoming obviously frustrated. But then too, Kirk has rarely gotten that fired up (like during his scuffle with Rajon Rondo in the playoffs last season), and I’ve never seen him go after a ref like that. I doubt Vinny saw that coming.

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    Savage March 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    I didn’t think Hinrich deserved a suspension. The Bulls have not gotten any calls of late. Now Rose is starting to get some calls but I am a fan was getting sick of being shunned by the refs. Good for Hinrich. At least he is showing he cares.

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    Chris March 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Yeah, he probably does deserve a suspension. You can’t bump or touch a referee, in any sport, in any fashion that is remotely confrontational or aggressive. We all know this.

    However you describe the contact, Kirk was campaigning for his own personal man-love post while following the referee – I mean, he was completely up his buttocks – and then kept going when the other ref pushed him away! In what universe do you think anyone is going to get away with that in David Stern’s and Stu Jackson’s NBA?

    I agree with the point that VDN should have been restraining him, or a teammate.. but I very much agree with the policy that you cannot make physical contact with an official, ever, no exceptions, unless of course it is playful/friendly.

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