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The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:50 pm
 
Player's Union intends to file suit against league for rule regarding player's acting like four-year-olds.
Posted by Matt Moore




Tantrums. That's apparently what the NBA's Player's Union feels is the hill to push litigation over . Not a better pension plan, or fewer regular season games, or even revenue sharing, apparently. They're going to pursue litigation over their right to stomp and yell and scream and curse the officials who are only doing their jobs. Because, really, when you think about it, that's what the Union needs most of all.

Perhaps you were curious about what the union is actually saying. Here's their press release, courtesy of KB:

The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf. We have not seen any increase in the level of “complaining” to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product. The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge.

Let's go through this line by line, in the most often-replicated-never-really-dupli
cated
way possible, shall we?

"The new unilateral rule changes are an unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction on the league’s behalf."

Unnecessary. An ironic word to use since, considering no referee has ever reversed a call on the basis of a player's complaint, the complaint in and of itself is unnecessary. So the rule to prevent unnecessary actions is unnecessary, which would of course make the complaints necessary, but they of course are not necessary. Now, that's some faulty logic, but the point's still the same. The rule is necessary. It's how it's execute that you can argue may not be.

"We have not seen any increase in the level of 'complaining' to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. "

I'll believe there's been no increase, but that doesn't mean the level is appropriate. Because it's not. Watch Tim Duncan. Or Kobe Bryant. Or even Kendrick Perkins. Or, you know, Kevin Garnett (or look at the gigantic picture above). Even Celtics fans complained about how much the team complained last year. But maybe that's just an accent thing.

"Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product."

This as opposed to players taking games off in the middle of the season because they're "bored" or the fact that officials being influenced towards not calling fouls leads to a physical game like existed in the late 90's, AKA the most boring brand of basketball on the planet. But whatevs. The players are clearly worried about the product. That's why they're so easy to coach.

"The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge."

Right, because the change wasn't discussed for weeks and the players weren't given a heads up on it. That's how that went down. It was a sneak attack! Like Pearl Harbor, only with Kevin Garnett being ejected for yelling and screaming!

I tend to side with the Union on most issues, including those regarding the upcoming CBA and the essential need for a better revenue sharing model. But to pick this as the issue they want to sue over in a season with as many issues to discuss as this one is absurd. Just tell your guys to chill out and go play.
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:34 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

The league has become a touch foul, pansy league.  Touch fouls, technicals for cursing, arguing.  The game is not about the ref.  Its about the players.  How many times do you see the ref get involved or call a T for no apparent reason.  More than I care to think.  Look at Joe Crawford and the whole Tim Duncan situation.  Totally absurd.  I agree with the NBAPA here.  Anyone who thinks the league is better with rampant technicals, touch fouls and porous defense is crazy. 



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:29 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Showing you up?! Rolling eyes is showing you up?  Or pointing to where a pitch is?!  Its umps like you who need a reality check.  You obviously dont know the history of the game.  In previous generations getting ejected was rare.  Nowadays if you hurt his feelings a little bit you get the heave ho.  Its absurd.  Newsflash - The game is not about you.  Only in extreme circumstances should you ever throw a player out.  If a player is holding up the game for extended periods of time or physical contact.  Thats it.  Otherwise, just shut your mouth and ump the game. Lose your ego when someone rolls their eyes and worry about the game. 



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:15 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Makes me think that you've never played sports Matt Moore.  Passion is part of the game and it's tough to when you are in the heat of battle.  You are probably the kind of guy that get's mad at football players for hitting to hard.  



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:10 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Grown men getting paid millions to play a childs game.  What do they really have to whine about?  I love watching Basketball but the whining is ridiculous.  I coach children with better attitudes and more respect than the pro athletes in any sport have.
I'm not saying the Ref's are perfect and yes they do miss calls in every sport but the players aren't perfect either and all of them think they never commit a foul or do anything wrong during a game.
Set an example of sportsmanship for the children that look up to you.  The calls aren't going to be changed so ask your question of the officials without screaming and whining like a 4 year old.  Live with the answer and try not to let it happen again.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:54 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

It's preseason, for one, and I see no reason to get upset YET. All sports use the preseason to stress "points of emphasis."  Until the T's start to cost players money in the regular season, let's hold our judgment on whether or not this policy is "unnecessary."  Right now, it seems that the T's are being called to make a point.  The point is: the tantrums have to stop.

I don't think anyone is saying players cannot and should not ask an official for an explanation.  I don't think any reasonable official would ever have a problem with that.  The problem is players who, once they have an explanation, refuse to accept it.  They want to, and do, argue, stomp, shout, gesticulate and, in essence, throw a tantrum.

I've officiated a few basketball games, but not enough to really qualify as an authority, so allow me to make a comparison from baseball, which i regularly umpire at the HS and comparable summer levels.  My general rule is: don't show me up.  I know that some are debateable, and I know I miss some.  You can step out of the batter's box and ask me where that pitch was, no problem.  You can step in from the mound and ask me where it missed, also no problem.  But when you turn around in the batter's box, roll your eyes back, spread your arms wide and show me (and everyone in the stands) with the bat or your hand where you think that pitch was, you're asking for an ejection. 

Likewise, in basketball, when you do what Garnett is pictured doing--getting in an official's face and making it quite clear to everyone that you think he's a clown, you're asking for an ejection.  Baseball made a rule that you cannot argue balls and strikes.  Basketball needs to do the same, for equivalent offenses.

Right now they're sending the message.  The problem seems to be: the players don't want to hear it.  They think they're bigger than the game, that people come to see them and not basketball.  Maybe they're right.  I, however, gave up watching the NBA long ago, when that attitude first manifested itself, and I think others will soon follow.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:41 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

The Players' Union is predictable, as always.  I watch the NBA less and less.  The whining and complaining is my whine and complaint. To see these jerks who never foul, never travel, never get a call, and often stop in mid-action when they should be running the court and trying to stop the guy who just stole the ball...well, that is childish and the stupidest decision to make.  They make it because they need to be right and they need to succeed and be right even at the expense of the team.

The NBA players are the rarely examples of sportmanship.  They are posturing, promoters of themselves.  That's their product.  Not the good of the game.

Play ball.

This same behavior exhibited by McEnroe and Connors in a previous generation of shorts-wearing athletes ruined tennis for me. 

I have complained from time to time in competition in sports as a kid and as a adult.  It is 99% an embarrassment to me.  When my team or I didn't get the call, we and I were always better when we decided we would be the other team and the officials. 

The NBA has gotten less professional, and the Players' Union and lots of fans are encouraging childish behavior that befits these man children.

The energy and zest for the game is not lost by eliminating the whining, the energy and fervor for the game will be enhanced if they are given to the real game, not to the non-ending side bars where jocks are pleading their case to the judge after the sentence has been handed down.

The Players' Union is about to foul out.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:04 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

NBA players complain on every call!! They can smash someone in the face and watch him fall into the crowd and still turn around with
that studied smirk that all NBA players have when they are called for a foul.  I think we should go back to the old days when the offender
had to raise his arm to acknowledge his malfeasance.  Return sportsmanship to the game and remove the tendency  to never admit a foul. I am sick and tired of athletes out of control, like the dumb college kids who get celebration penalties after scoring a touchdown.  Let them play with some modicum of control.  Make it a technical to pound your chest.  Play ball not "Hey look at ME!!"



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:28 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I miss the days of Bobby Jones, Julius Erving and classy players who did not throw tantrums regardless of how bad the calls were. These players just played basketball. That's why you have these young kids imitating today's players with the bad attitudes and tantrums, hence Rasheed Wallace and others. The NBA is doing the right thing in enforcing stricter penalties for childish behavior on the court. Too much crying goes on today by too many players and it is getting out of hand. We don't want our kids growing up imitating those acts.



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:27 pm
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Whats with all these commercials of how all these athletes work so hard at what they do, and the "passion" that they have for the game. The athletes mentioned in this article (Duncan, Kobe, Garnett) are all the heart and soul of the team. If this rule holds up, the NBA is taking the soul out of the game. It’s JUST complaining. Every player knows that the refs will not reverse the call, but the athletes are human too. If you felt you were wronged, you would say something. Granted, you know what you say isn’t going to say anything, but perhaps, NEXT TIME, the ref will watch for whatever you complained about ("he’s holding me", "watch his arms", "how you going to call me for that?!") and words never hurt. All the allegations of these refs fixing games, and David stern puts MORE power in their hands. The downfall of humanity is its greed. The refs now have the power to basically give 2 techs to a star player and have them rejected if they even look at them wrong...that could win a lot of money if a ref had the right ties.... As a fan, I want to see the passion from the players. If it takes away from the game continuing in a timely fashion, then yes, a tech should be called (delay of game). But when you watch a 3 hour game and there are 60+ free throw attempts in that game...the NBA maybe want to rethink it.




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:48 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

The best officials dole out the fewest technicals. At least that has been my experience with High School and University ball. They mediate, talk, discuss and sometimes walk away while a player gains their composure. They also have a way of getting the message across that a player has come to the end of their rope.

It IS time to start T'ing up players that are constantly badgering officials. It gets tiring watching players question every call. It MUST stop. But at the same time, basketball is an intense, emotional game. Handing out T's for pumping a fist our yelling after a hoop will take all emotion out of the game. It goes too far.

So, nail the whiners to the wall and leave the emotion in the game. Also, as good officials have always done, allow time for an upset player to regain their composure and do the right thing, particularly if that player is usually a good citizen and rarely questions calls.

One last thing: when an official blows a call- admit it, apologize and move on. It is too fast a pace to get evey call right.


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