By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Someone should tell Halil Kanacevic to ask Chris Wilcox for some advice regarding giving the middle finger to the crowd at a basketball game.
Wilcox did it at the Wells Fargo Center last week when he was shown on the “Kiss Cam” during a game between the Celtics and the Sixers, and was fined $25,000 by the NBA.
Kanacevic did it last night in St. Joe’s game against Villanova, and though it didn’t cost him 25 grand, the results were less than optimal. City Of Basketball Love gives the report from last night’s Holy War:
Kanacevic did his best to fuel the fire in the rivalry, giving the Villanova student section what appeared to be a one-finger salute after hitting a 3-pointer to put the Hawks up 50-47 with just under 10 minutes to play. He might have fired up the wrong team–Villanova scored the next six points of the game–but Saint Joseph’s would recover.
“That seemed to be the way the game went–one team would get a little bit, and the other team would come back,” Martelli said. “It certainly wasn’t a raucous atmosphere up until that point, but I’ll look at it and see–I don’t think it made us play faster, or out of character, we just made some out-of-character plays; plays that were home runs instead of singles.”
Even though it didn’t work out so well for Kanacevic and St. Joe’s last night, I can’t fault his desire to flip-0ff the Villanova student section. Having graduated from Syracuse University in 1998, I’ve done the same thing several times, and I’ll admit it’s pretty hard to resist.