Y'know something brothers, while we're on the subject of choke artists, how about them New York Knicks?
--1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Pacers, Game One:
The Knicks led the Pacers by six points with less than eight seconds remaining on the clock. The Pacers inbounded, and Reggie Miller buried a three-pointer. Then he immediately stole the Knicks' inbound, backed up and buried another three-pointer. The Knicks were sent to the foul line, and missed both shots. Then, Reggie scored the game-winning point. The Pacers scored 8 points in less than 8 seconds for a dramatic victory.
--1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Pacers, Game Seven:
The Knicks were making a comeback on the Pacers, cutting the differential down to two. Their play to tie the game was to have Patrick Ewing drive down the lane. He got in the lane, just about undefended, but missed the easy shot, allowing the Pacers to eliminate the Knicks.
I can think of several more examples, but nothing that specific right now. Rough day. Still, review their history and tell me that they're not choke artists. And try to do it with a straight face.
“Over the course of history, the kiss of a woman has poisoned a lot of great minds.”
I'm sorry, but "intent" is a poor arguement to use in this case. The rule is the rule. If those players had used their heads they wouldn't have been suspended. Why is it the leagues fault they stepped onto the court?