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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: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:42 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

This article is kind of stupid because fighting tantrums isn't what the union is doing, but calling Matt Moore an idiot and explaining why he is an idiot is nothing new so let us get started.  Stomping, screaming, and cursing at officials has always been a technical and should be a technical, but this year's different.  It is one thing to be given a T for honestly asking why a foul was called on you.  It is quite another thing to be called for a tecnical because you clap or wave off the ref. 

The NBA has explained the new rules, "Why are we doing this? We just want to have everyone take ownership of how our game looks and the image of our game, and send a message that we want player complaining to be minimized and for everyone to have respect for the game..."  Can I be T'ed up for waving you off disrespectfully?  No, then I do so.  I don't buy for a second that they are doing it for that reason, because as in politics I followed the money.  The NBA also raised the fine for technical fouls.  So now they have doubled the fine and ensured that more fines will be coming in, which means a lot more money rolling in to the NBA offices.

But more importantly, the NBA has done this before and it didn't work.  The officials were never willing to give that second technical to the superstars late in the game.  But the lesser guys had no problem picking it up when there were two minutes left in the game, a comeback was under way and then a player gets with hit with a technical because he let his passion get out of control and he put his fist in the air.  Oh gasp, what will we tell the children?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:42 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I agree. There are too many crybabies in the league. I'm a Lakers fan, and I admit that Kobe Bryant is right there at the top. The guy is a great player, but he whines WAAAAAAAAY too much. I wish these guys played back in the early 80's and early 90's. The league was much more physical then. Defenders now get calls for practically breathing on an offensive player. It's ridiculous really. Shut up and play!



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:41 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

I'm glad they don't hand out techs at my job. I'd be fuc.....er, ah forget it....I'm walking away. Tongue out



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:15 am
 

STOP THE MADNESS!

Players complaining, making faces, throwing fits on the court - IT NEEDS TO STOP. What? The players are incapable of controlling themselves in that regard? Puuuuulease! Come on. You know that's a lie. When they played in college (or high school) they kept themselves in check fine. I love Garnett as a player, but in this situation, he and the others who pull this crap on the court are DEAD WRONG.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:11 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

he's a "ftballgenius", not a 'bballgenius"   Smile



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:06 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

Matt, you fail to realize the litigation isn't in regards to "Tantrums", it is in unnecessarily harsh technical fouls which can be attributed to split second reactions of throwing your hands up in the air, staring at the referee in disbelief or going over to plead your case or find out what the foul was in context of. Those are legitimate abilities of a player and they should have the ability to complain if the call is wrong. Saying that a referee has never reversed a call isn't entirely correct either. There are constantly make up calls, non-calls, and reduction in player fouls when the players have legitimate gripes. The referees are not robots, they are human and make mistakes. They must deal with the consequences of such mistakes. If the league is suggesting they do in fact deserve unquestioned enforcement and nobody to question them, the referees should just ignore it. They are simply observers with a whistle enforcing the rules. If they are criticized, toughen up and ignore it. If they can't do that like a robot, don't expect players to act like robots either.Of course swearing, threatening and intimidation should not be allowed, but that is completely different from reasonably questioning a call.
One last thing Matt, you must be batshit crazy to criticize basketball product of the 90's. It was at it peak in popularity, still unequaled. You just lost any credibility you may have ever had. CBS, need a new writer? give me a call.



Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:50 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

i dont understand why they would train/teach the refs to give techincals to players when the refs are only right half the time. what they should be teaching them is to actually call games fair instead of always lopsided fouls favoring the home team. or how these "superstar" players, like lebron, kobe, etc, get away with fouls and draw so many that they shouldnt be getting. or how about once again these "superstars" being able to change the rules of basketball, by travelling every third play, or palming (i love that rule, most pointguards wouldnt be able to play in the league of that was enforced). the bottom line is the league didnt do this to make the game better, by making players be good "kids" as most of you put it. they did this to make more money on fines. If you have ever actually played a sport, and arent just some fat kid or old guy sitting on sport forums and doing fantasy year after year, youd learn that regardless if you're right or wrong in a call, you need to make the slightest argument, not to overturn it, but to let the ref know that it pissed u off. chances are youd get away with the next close call. hey, if acting didnt exist in sports, where would derek jeter be?



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:44 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

this amazes me, why are they complaining? Don't the officials know that NOBODY and I mean NOBODY ever commits a foul in the NBA. They complain about EVERY call, it's a joke. Why? Because NOBODY ever commits a foul, that's why. Grow up.. move your feet and get your hands off people and less fouls will be called on you "superstars"



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:30 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

This is probably one of the most idiotic subjects I have read!  First of all, are these so called adults who throw their little girl tantrums actually little children that haven't reached puberty yet???.  It is looking that way.  As a sports fan, I am all about watching a good product no matter what sport it is hoops, football, baseball, golf ect.   But when a so called professional is t'd up, he needs to act like a professional and accept it.  He or she needs to chill.  They are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game, not act like a little baby by throwing a fit when they don't get what they want.  The union has a lot more important issues than this.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:16 am
 

The Union decides tantrums is the hill to die on

This must be the same passionless, talentless Matt Moore who qb'd the Panthers.  First off, everyone complains about things that happen at work.  Second of all sports are and emotional game.  It's not like an accounting going off on a spreadsheet for crying out loud.  It should never get physical, and the arguing should never slow down the game, but throwing one's arms in the air is not the end of the world. 


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