On Wednesday night, we noted that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was issued his 18th technical foul after he took too long to shoot a free throw and flung the ball into the stands in frustration during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
On Thursday, the NBA upheld the technical foul and imposed a one-game suspension, meaning Howard will be forced to sit out Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls in Orlando.
The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard has received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 18th technical foul of the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.
Howard received his most recent technical foul with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter of Orlando’s 111-102 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, April 6, at Time Warner Cable Arena. Howard will serve his suspension Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center.Here's video of the sequence in which Howard was T'd up courtesy of YouTube user mikegutierrezmonst. There's no way that this was possibly worth the fine.
As noted last night, this isn't a huge deal from the playoff implications perspective, as the Magic are firmly locked into the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed and the Bulls are virtually guaranteed to finish in the No. 1 seed. But, as the Orlando Sentinel notes, the suspension and fine mean that Howard has now been docked more than $300,000 this season, an astounding sum.
There's really no excuse or explanation for this behavior. Even if his teammates and coaching staff can't get through to him, surely his accountant should be able to!