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Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:52 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 10:59 pm
Posted by Royce Young

With 9:40 left in the second quarter against the Mavericks Thursday, Amar'e Stoudemire was hit with a technical foul for apparently pushing Brendan Haywood.

The technical is Stoudemire's 16th of the season and if upheld, he'll be suspended by the NBA for one game, per policy.

However, if you take a look at the play, it's kind of a weak technical. Actually not kind of. A very weak technical. Bennett Salvatore is the official that made the call and as announcer Kevin McHale says, there's a good chance this one could be rescinded, especially with it being Stoudemire's 16th.

There was a lot of confusion initially what the call even was. You can see that Stoudemire pushed Haywood ever so slightly and Salvatore saw it, hitting Amar'e with the big whistle. It's not exactly Dwight Howard raising his elbows and taking a swing there. (Howard of course was the first player to hit the Magic number of 16 technical fouls, earning him a one-game suspension.)

But it's in the league's hands and as it stands now, Stoudemire will be suspended for New York's next game, which would be against Indiana Sunday.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:42 am

Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

The NBA will regret implementing their strict techincal foul rules this season. Gregg Doyel wrote a piece about Dwight Howard's 16th tech and one-game suspension, painting Howard as a dirty player. He provided to videos to "prove" his point, and failed miserably. One video showed Samuel Dalembert blatantaly shoving Howard in the back and Howard giving him a much deserved elbow for it. The next, where Howard "menacingly" put the ball in Kyle Korver's face came on the heels of three players, Korver included, grabbing, smacking, and all-around harassing Howard beyond normal contact. Later, they showed Carlos Boozer shoving Howard in the back with the ball on the other side of the floor.
It isn't dirty play that is causing the excess technicals, it is referees given too much power to alter the flow of the game on a snap judgment beyond their usual imposition.
David Stern is an idiot for allowing this crap. Amar'e didn't do anything malicious or worthy of a tech, and it wasn't as though Haywood cared or reacted. Nothing happened, and now we've got another unwarranted suspension pending a league review.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:33 am

Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

What a joke call! The league is so inconsistent!!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:30 am

Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

If they called a technical on everyone for what Amare did there would be no more players left.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:23 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

If this is not rescinded the league needs to seriously look into how to create at least some semblance of consistency.  There is much worse that goes on in every game that doesn't even draw a whistle let alone a "T".  If not rescinded I will impose a 1 day ban on myself from watching the NBA...that will show them.

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