NBA Tech Rule

Pro whiner Tim Duncan

I’m just now getting to this but i read something last week explaining the new guidelines for how refs call technical fouls for the upcoming season. A lot of it is apparently similar to the guidelines from 2005.

I don’t remember everything the article said, i just remember being amazed at how ridiculous it was.

UPDATE:

Found the article. its a blog on yahoo called ball don’t lie. Here’s the link:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Don-t-even-think-about-complaining-in-the-NBA-th?urn=nba-272139

Apparently, the League that Stern Rules experimented with allowing refs to tech up players for even the smallest disagreement during the 05 preseason. It didn’t go over well so they canned it. Its back now. Here’s some of the lowlights of the changes:

At the referees’ annual meeting in Jersey City, N.J., on Thursday, the league announced the guidelines for technical fouls will expand to include “overt” player reactions to referee calls.

Referees have been instructed to call a technical for:

• Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.

• Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.

• Running directly at an official to complain about a call.

• Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.

In addition, referees have been instructed to consider calling technicals on players who use body language to question or demonstrate displeasure, or say things like, “Come on!” They can also consider technicals for players who “take the long path to the official”, walking across the court to make their case.

This is ridiculous! Aggressive gestures? anywhere on court? i hate stuff like this because it takes away the passion of the game. I understand that some players can be spoiled, blah blah blah. If you wanna cut down on being spoiled call the games the same for every player. Of course Lebron is gonna complain about a traveling call. He  does it all the time and you dont call it but now in the 4th quarter you just can’t let it go?

Tech worthy?

The NBA peaked in popularity during the 90’s. Yes Jordan had a lot to do with that. But when he was playing the game was rougher, more passionate, more intense. Just pull up old video of the Pistons playing. When the NBA does stuff like this fans dont like it. It’s as simple as that.

Running directly to an official? Does that mean he should detour around the free throw line and THEN talk to the ref? But wait, that wouldn’t work because even if he asks politely, he still gets T’d up. So much for p’s and q’s getting you places.

This is scary because it reminds me of the problems that the US Men’s soccer team had with that ref in the World Cup. It’s not the same. But a bad call was made and even peaceful inquirey to the nature of the decision was ignored, punished and ultimately let go by FIFA because the ref had undeniable authority. I can see this happening in the LTSR. Ref t’s someone up for nothing in a close game. Star gets kicked out. Team lose by 2 pts. Fan backlash. And what is the league gonna do? You can’t blame the ref. You gave him or her the power. You can’t blame the player. You can only blame yourself. But Stern will never do that. Why would he? He’s never been wrong before.

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~ by Kinda Random Sports on September 29, 2010.

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