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NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:51 am
Edited on: September 24, 2010 11:52 am
New rule set outlaws complaints of nearly any kind to officials, "aggressive" gestures.
Posted by Matt Moore

The NBA is mad as hell about NBA players being mad as hell. The league announced at the annual referees meeting Thursday that it is expanding the definitions for conduct leading to technical fouls next season, with most of the rules geared to curtail players complaints to officials. Henry Abbott of reports that the rules are built to limit the following:
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.
Let's get this one out the way. "Man, it's a good thing Sheed retired!" Or, if you prefer, "Man, the league was nice enough to wait for Sheed to leave before doing this!" Personally, I prefer the cutting edge "We should just call this 'The Demarcus Counsins Rule'" joke.

There are going to be complaints about how this somehow limits players' emotions, or is too restrictive, but let's be honest. If you're a superstar, you're likely getting the calls you deserve. If you're not, that's part of the game, and you barking in a ref's ear isn't going to do anything but irritate casual fans that tune in and then are disgusted by the petulant behavior the players partake in when they're whistled for anything they disagree with.

The rules don't limit the ability of the players to talk to officials, it just puts up barriers for the refs to say "enough." And it doesn't remove the agony of defeat or the joy of victory from the game, it simply takes out Tim Duncan's bug-eyes and Kendrick Perkins' pout-sessions. And there's no way that's not better for the game. If an official needs correction from a player, the refs in trouble anyway. This is besides the fact that the players really should just treat the officials like an Act of God. Sometiems they work in your favor, often they cause you distress, but there's nothing you can do about it, so perhaps you should just learn to live with it.

The same concern over the number of techs being called was issued prior to the league's anti-flop rule, which actually cut down on the overly dramatic ones to a considerable degree. There may be a number of techs shot early in the season, but three to four weeks in, the players will adjust, the behavior will change, and things will return to normal. There will still be players who think they're always fouled or that they never foul, and there will always be bad calls. But perhaps this move can cut down on the amount of what Henry Rollins once referred to as "decoration" on the floor.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:49 pm

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

 Still obsessed with me Lil Warner? Wow, you need some help. Take your lips off Kobes nuts and join us in the real world. Kobe is the worst when it comes to whining about calls, most nonbiased Laker fans will even admit that. Get a life.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:33 pm

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

God forbid a player shows some emotion. Why not just change the roster rule and say only robots can be on the active roster? Undecided

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:17 pm

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

I can see it already.  Players are going to air punch from being excited and NOT from complaining and getting T'ed up.  I'm calling it now, it will happen.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:23 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

This actually takes the discretion away from the officials and forces them to call the unnecessary technical fouls.   yes, the whining is out of control.   Basketball is a game of emotions.  But the players have to temper their emotions.   And when you complain ten times on calls, the one legitmate case you may have is lost on your childish antics.   People will believe what they want to believe.   But officials do use their discretion and judgment to not unfairly punish players expressing emotions.   Now with this rule, they can't use their judgment and allow players to express their emotions.   They have to call a technical foul.   And players, coaches and more importantly fans will soon forget the league mandate and blame the officials.  This would have been better handled by making it a point of emphasis.   If the league reviews the game and thinks the official should have called a technical, they can fine the player.   The player will get the message, technical or not. 

Every player on every team will be taught this rule.  So it shouldn't be a surprise when it gets called.   In the beginning of the season, there will be an increase of technicals (slowing down the game and causing more fan complaints and referee hatred).  Players will adjust and there will be less as the season goes on.   Then the players will find ways around it.  Is the NBA then going to rewrite the rules for the next season to be stricter?   They want players to be able to approach the officials (as it should be) but make it difficult for them to do so.   This new rule just sets things back and makes the officials jobs that much more difficult.  It takes their judgment away while focusing on their calls and putting more undue scrutiny on them.  And coaches and players will be drastically changed for the worse by it also.

The NBA should have been a little more strict in years past on whining and we wouldn't be in this problem.  But the NBA has gone overboard on this.   A couple years ago they made the technical foul rule more strict and backed off.  Many referees called technicals and immediately apologized for players.   I see this happening again.  

Overall, I am okay with the intention of the rule just not how they are mandating it be implemented.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2010 10:55 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

Keep hating on Kobe you tool! You sound like a crying baby.  At least Kobe ventured into the paint against the Celtics during the Finals.  Unlike the coward LBJ who refused to get bumped a little in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.  What a P-U-S-S!  By the way, I have never seen LBJ complain about a call!!!!!!!  Everytime he doesn't get a call he snarls his ugly 60 yr old mug into a sour beer face.  The guy is a prima donna with no sac!

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 10:33 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

This is ridiculous. Basketball is an emotional game.

What's ridiculous is the current state of the NBA.  The product stinks. It's all about money and that's the bottom line.  The NBA will continue to rape and pillage the fan as long as the fans allow it. I for one am done with the league and all of their shenanigans. These current " rule changes " are just going to give the NBA even more ability to control the outcome of ballgames. What a joke.


Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 9:06 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

All I want to know is, can you still get a technical for laughing? 

P.S. -- These rules are BS.  No air punches?  No raising of hands?  Child, please. 

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2010 8:28 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

Instead of making all of these changes/guidelines, they should make a technical foul also become a personal foul like they do in most states for high school basketball. 

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:11 am

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

Here is a thought....Why don't they go back to awarding 2 free throws for a technical foul and also making sure that it counts as a "Team Foul" for the quarter?  One free throw attempt is just not enough and by awarding 2 free throws, it makes it a more costly mistake.  

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:46 pm

NBA makes changes to technical foul guidelines

I think this is a stupid rule. Most of the result of the techincal fouls is the ref's fault by making a bad call or blown call anyways. The deserve everything they have been getting and then some. The should fix the referees first before start making dumb rules.

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