It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a dirty play at this level on a basketball court. You might have to go back to the 80’s. Even then, I think the Bad Boys Pistons would think hard about doing something this egregious, outside of maybe Laimbeer.
This comes in the third quarter of a Kansas high school basketball playoff game last night. The video pretty much speaks for itself. It’s an awful play. It’s borderline assault. The real question is: how did a brawl not break out immediately? Everybody just kinda stood there. It’s like they were almost shocked at the level of dirty play they just witnessed.
The craziest part about this is that the kid who committed the foul didn’t even get ejected. You can see the ref give him that flagrant foul, but according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, that was it.
There was a scary moment late in the third quarter when Atkins was shoved in the back while going up for a dunk and crashed hard into the basket support and landed on his back. Centralia was called for a flagrant foul on the play. Atkins left the game after favoring his back, but did return.
That’s easily a suspension in the NBA. No question about it. Karma came through, though, and the team that did the shoving lost. The other team heads to the state championship.
Here’s another angle
NBA players have been TRASHING this kid