Riley is taking the league down to the sewer with this stuff. And what Thorn should do is get out his fine book and fine Riley. There is not a player in the NBA who can just go out and start turning guys into steak tartare without his coach's tacit approval. The NBA can fine coaches if, as Thorn says, "there is a pattern on any team of reckless disregard for safety. If there is, we will hold the coach and management responsible."
See any pattern out there, Rod?
Do you know who we mean, Rod?
"I can guess," he says.
To fine the league's most famous coach would take titanium intestines, and it would also be the right thing to do. And if the NBA office doesn't stop him from turning basketball into something only Don King could love, than maybe Shaq should.
Next time Shaq gets Riled, he should put down whichever Heat player he is throttling, walk over to the Miami bench and have a little discussion with Mr. Riley, man-to-throat. What's wrong, Coach? You've never seen a hard foul before?