8:31 PM EST, March 6, 2013
How about flagrant fouls?
No. Technical fouls are not the issue, not when you get 15 before you can incur a suspension with a 16th. If you can't retain your composure so that you are being called for a technical once every four games, you deserve to be punished.
The greater point of inspection should be for flagrant fouls, where a single whistle can lead to instant ejection, as was the case this week with Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea. Yes, review the following day reduced his Flagrant 2 to a Flagrant 1, which would have kept him in that night's game against the Heat. But by then, it was too late.
You get two technicals in a game before ejection. With flagrants, it can be one and done. That's where greater prudence has to enter the equation.
How about too few?
Here's a better question: Have the officials not gone far enough?
Every preseason, we hear about officials' points of emphasis, with one of them to assess technical fouls for post-whistle histrionics. And yet the game remains filled with "who me?" outbursts galore. And don't even bring up hanging on the rim after dunks.
Is this the NBA or a pull-up contest? Also, whatever happened to keeping coaches in the coaches' box? Ah, for the days of the serene Phil Jackson, chilling in his ergonomically-correct chair.
The game is best featured in its purest form. As far as I'm concerned, the more technical fouls, the better to achieve that end.
Gotten out of hand
Los Angeles Times
They ought to call them technicality fouls the way the NBA is handing out technicals willy-nilly. When Mr. Nice Guy, aka Kevin Durant, ranks No. 2 in the league in technical fouls, it might be a pretty good indication things have gotten out of hand. The next thing you know, Durant will get a technical for kissing his mother before games. It has gotten that ridiculous.
Then again, what do you expect when the NBA has given out technicals for having an opponent push you in the face (see John Lucas vs. Kyrie Irving), laughing on the bench (Tim Duncan) and touching your elbow to show where you were fouled (Kyle Korver)? If the NFL is the No Fun League, the NBA is the No Benevolence Association.
Lower suspension bar
If you've ever sat close to the floor in an NBA game, it's like attending a family reunion gone wrong. The complaining and belly-aching is constant. I don't know how the refs stand it. It's a wonder they don't eject everyone.
A few seasons ago the NBA tried to crack down on the boorishness, and it looks as if things are back to abnormal.
The tech/ejection on Dwight Howard after he got tangled up in Toronto was absurd. Then again, Dwight wouldn't have gotten tossed, but he picked up an early one for yakking.
I say reduce the number of T's a player gets before he's suspended. It's a ridiculous 16 now. Set it at eight, and maybe the silence will be golden.
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