Originally Posted by AirTupac
Lol some people have never played basketball based on some replies.
Artest in his own words:
I think a player is able to effectively get big and wide without having elbows high enough in the air to clock someone of equal or greater height in the forehead. I do not believe being upright or having one's arms high enough to hit that portion of someone's body (the face) would be declared technically proficient.
But as I mentioned previously, I think I would benefit from seeing another angle. I like to think I'd be skeptical of an elbow like that regardless of who threw it, but I also have to say, knowing Artest's history, it's oftentimes tough to give him the benefit of the doubt. And he seems to have a history of making dangerous plays then speaking as if it was all one big misunderstanding (he was just celebrating, he was just getting big, etc.).
Edit: Oh man, after giving that clip another couple of looks, I can't honestly see any way that play was not intentional. He sees Faried coming, he raises both arms in acceptable box out stance, the right arm remains in box out stance, then the left one fires wildly at Faried's face. It'd be quite tough for me to believe that was not intentional. There wasn't even a real attempt to use one's body to move Faried out (which is proper boxout technique). He just scoots backward and uses the left up-swinging elbow to the face as his boxout. I do not believe that play was clean or a byproduct of normal boxing out at all.