There’s a reason Jerry Lawler isn’t coaching basketball
Jerry Lawler made an appearance before the Memphis Grizzlies’ home playoff game at FedEx Forum yesterday, urging the team to pull the strap down and “piledrive San Antonio.” Just one problem with that strategy: The piledriver is still on the books as being banned in the state of Tennessee, so use of the potentially lethal hold on the basketball court yesterday would have resulted in an automatic disqualification and most likely a fine from Commissioner Stern.
The Grizzlies won the game but not without some controversy. Zack Randolph hit a 3-pointer over the outstretched hands of the Spurs’ Tim Duncan with 41.9 seconds remaining to give the franchise its first home playoff win. However, Duncan has supposedly filed a protest with the league claiming that Lawler threw a fireball in his eyes while the referees’ backs were turned, giving Randolph his opening. The NBA championship committee is reviewing the film and should make a ruling this afternoon.