NBL rules no case to answer over ‘ knockout’ blow
THE National Basketball League has thrown out a complaint from the Wildcats to investigate the incident that hospitalised Perth big man Matt Knight.
League bosses followed up on a request by Cats chief executive Nick Marvin to review footage of the fourth quarter run-in which saw Knight ( pictured above) knocked unconscious after getting tangled up with Townsville’s Will Blalock.
While Blalock’s hand is seen to hook around Knight’s in a rebounding skirmish, an NBL official said there was no hint of malice in the point guard’s actions.
‘‘ The incident was looked at and we f eel t here i s i nsufficient grounds to bring it to tribunal, but it was certainly a hard foul,’’ the spokesman said.
And that is how Crocodiles chief executive Ian Smythe saw the contact between Knight and Michael Cedar seconds before the Cat was stretchered off the court. In that case it was Cedar who was knocked flat on his back.
‘‘ We reviewed the tape and were concerned with the first incident about Michael,’’ Smythe said.
‘‘ We’ve looked at it and don’t think there is anything in it. We think they missed an offensive foul, so if referees call an offensive foul earlier, Matty Knight doesn’t fall on his head.’’