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Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 8:57 am
 
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended by the NBA on Thursday for receiving his 18th technical foul. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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!
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Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

What they need to do is call about a dozen technicals a game until players learn to shut it.  If you take that play in isolation, where Howard has to give up the ball, and instead of rolling it to the official he rolls it somewhere else, forcing someone to go get it, then you would say that is obviously poor sportsmanship and he should get a technical.  It's childish and disrespectful.  The only legitimacy to Howard's argument is that so many people do get away with disrespectful behavior on a continual basis. 

The solution is to revoke the right of the players to approach officials and argue calls.  The game would be better off if tomorrow the NBA simply told its players that the call is the call and if you have an issue with that keep it to yourself.  Issue 20 Ts a game and people would learn really quickly.  It is the ref's job to call it as he sees it, and if he didn't see it your way then that is just part of the game.  If you have any systemic complaints about unfair calls that can be dealt with after the game. 

Erecting that barrier would go a long way towards improving the behavior of the players and also of the officials.  Part of the attitude you see in refs is because players have this right to give attitude to the refs.  I believe this gives causes the officials to be defensive and to fight back.  In baseball some umpires have the same problem; by listening to arguments they get trapped into joining arguments and having those stupid nose to nose shouting matches with managers.  The NFL has a much better system; players complain but refs just ignore them.  Players know not to harass refs because there will be consequences.  No foul call was ever reversed because a player complained, so arguing is just an unnecessary part of the game.     


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Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

I'm up and down on this one.  As a Pistons fan (which is hard to admit this year, lol) I saw this same thing happen to Rasheed Wallace all the time.  When you're notorious for getting technicals you deserve, you frequently find yourself getting ones you don't.  I like Dwight Howard a lot, but he should try and conduct himself a little better since he's held to a tighter standard.


I don't want to be a ridiculous apologist for Dwight Howard, but you look at some of the technical fouls he gets and it makes you shake your head.  This particular play definitely was worthy of getting a T, but there are plenty of refs that would have just let it go.  There is a delay of game call and it would have been appropriate here because that's really what Dwight did.  Saying he threw the ball in the stands is extremely misleading.  Still, if a refs subjective view is that Dwight had been warned about his behavior in the game and that he was just trying to show up the officials, and the official suffers from tiny pecker syndrome, you can expect this call.


If you look back to the 16th technical Howard got, he ripped an offensive board against the Bulls and got hammered by two players including a hard hit to the head from Kyle Korver.  Then after the play is whistled dead Korver swipes at Dwight again and Dwight swings the ball away with his arms up and gets whistled for the T.  I mean these refs are idiots.  Elbowing someone in the head should probably be whistled a flagrant foul to begin with and when you watch Korver harrassing after the whistle you have to ask why he doesn't get T'd up.  Add the refs' "Respect for the Game" technicals where they can call a T if they don't like the players face, or they don't like the direction a player walks on the floor, or they don't like clapping, or they don't a shrug, or they can't quite put their finger on it but they really think a player needs a T right then and you get a guy like Dwight who refs really seem inclined to T up on a whim and you have a bad situation where a star player doesn't receive the same treatment as Kobe, Lebron, D-Wade, etc.  I watched Kobe do some soccer juggling against the Nuggets last weekend when he was pissed at the refs and they just swallowed the whistle.  Do you think Dwight would have gotten the same treatment?



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:34 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

OK OK OK OK.... when I read "Flung the ball in to the stands," it sounds like the ball was literally flying, to the point where it makes it past the first row. Similar to throwing.... in anger.
What did the video show? Howard rolled the ball to the corner. There is normally a baseline ref and players toss them the ball all the time. Sure, he didn't look, but who cares? As far as "into the stands"? It didn't even make it to the seats. It rolled about to 2 feet out of bounds where photographers sit. This is just nonsense.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:13 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

Magic Fan,
Like the earlier poster said, tossing the ball on the ground became a technical this year so you are correct that it was rarely if ever called a technical in the past.  However, all teams and Howard were warned about it at the begining of the season. 

I like the fact that the NBA is trying to put a little more class and respect in the game.  It had been getting out of control with whiney crybabies who bitched and moaned about every call and tried to show up the refs throughout the game.  Yes, refs screw up but players have been complaining about 75 % or 80% of the calls when the refs probably screw up less than 10% of the time.  Many times the players bitch about judgement calls that could go either way so it was getting to the point where every call was contested by the alleged offender.  SOMEONE has to ref the game and make a decision.  Like it or not, the refs do seem to give a judgement call to one team after calling the prior one against them so it generally works out even in the end. 

The superstars have always gotten the majority of calls their way  and fans DO complain when their star gets in foul trouble.  Whiners almost always get calls against them... I am a Piston fan and remember very well that Bill Laimbeer and Rasheed Wallace used to get a lot of T's and fouls called against them based on reputation.   If you are a superstar but act like a whiner, the refs will treat you like a whiner, not a star.  If Howard would grow up, the refs might cut him some slack.  I am not saying that Laimbeer and Wallace are not in the class of Howard but they were all-star caliber and very, very good players for many years.  Unfortunately, their attitude eclipsed their tallent too often.

If Howard wants to be treated fairly and with respect, he should treat others fairly and with respect.  18 T's is a lot in one season.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:36 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

I am sick of seeing these ticky tack technicals. What he did should not be a technical. I've seen almost every high profile player in the NBA roll the ball to the sideline. He didn't even say anything. Just rolled the ball and walked away, why is that a technical? He didn't show up the referee he walked away. He gets technicals for less then anyone else in the NBA. When we played the Kings Demarcus Cousins got to jaw at the ref for 3 quarters and got chastised before finally receiving a technical. Dwight, he rolled a ball and walked away. I've seen Pau Gasol tower over refs to argue calls and nothing happens. I bet if Dwight did it he would be ejected. The NBA needs to look into handing out post game technicals if they are going to review them anyway. There are plenty of players more deserving of technical fouls than Dwight. Yes, I am biased but I also watch every game so I have a better idea of how these games actually go than someone does from watching a 3 minute youtube clip. If some of you watched these games you would be appalled too.
I'm up and down on this one.  As a Pistons fan (which is hard to admit this year, lol) I saw this same thing happen to Rasheed Wallace all the time.  When you're notorious for getting technicals you deserve, you frequently find yourself getting ones you don't.  I like Dwight Howard a lot, but he should try and conduct himself a little better since he's held to a tighter standard.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:08 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

That one play may not warrant a one-game suspension... but if he didn't already have all those T's it wouldn't have been a suspension at all.

The play DOES warrant a Tech. No big deal. It's the history, and consistency with which he commits technical fouls that get him suspended.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:44 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

I am sick of seeing these ticky tack technicals.

I agree! These dumba$$ refs have too much power and they use it! Its pathetic!



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:48 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

I am sick of seeing these ticky tack technicals. What he did should not be a technical. I've seen almost every high profile player in the NBA roll the ball to the sideline. He didn't even say anything. Just rolled the ball and walked away, why is that a technical? He didn't show up the referee he walked away. He gets technicals for less then anyone else in the NBA. When we played the Kings Demarcus Cousins got to jaw at the ref for 3 quarters and got chastised before finally receiving a technical. Dwight, he rolled a ball and walked away. I've seen Pau Gasol tower over refs to argue calls and nothing happens. I bet if Dwight did it he would be ejected. The NBA needs to look into handing out post game technicals if they are going to review them anyway. There are plenty of players more deserving of technical fouls than Dwight. Yes, I am biased but I also watch every game so I have a better idea of how these games actually go than someone does from watching a 3 minute youtube clip. If some of you watched these games you would be appalled too.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:06 am
 

Dwight Howard suspended by NBA for technical

"Here's video of the sequence in which Howard was ejected..." 

Howard was not ejected.  He received a technical foul, he rejected a shot or two, and Richardson was ejected, but Howard was not ejected.


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