I know it seems like convenient timing for this post, coming the day after Amare received his 16th technical of the season, but if you’ve listened to the podcast I’ve been against the new rules on technical fouls since the beginning. And for those of you who haven’t heard, Amare’s 16th technical got recinded so he won’t be suspended for the next game against the Pacers.
Basketball is an emotional sport. I think it’s also a big part of why people enjoy going to games. I don’t know about you but I love when players get really into the game, getting excited after making a big play, letting an opponent know when they have their number. Can’t do much of either nowadays. I don’t know what the NBA is trying to acheive here. I’d much rather deal with some complaining than watch a bunch of free throws. Nobody likes free throws. It’s the equivalent of watching a pitcher and catcher disagree on a call 12 times in a row, or a time out before a field goal in football, or a hockey game. People also go to the game to see the stars. To have a star in perfect health not be able to play isn’t fair to anyone who paid a good amount for tickets to the game. Side note – Dwight Howard sat out due to suspension for technicals and his team lost by four points. There’s going to be some hard feelings if Orlando finishes the season one game behind Miami or Atlanta.
I’m not saying do away with technicals altogether, but the trend of giving out technicals for almost anything has to stop. I watched the Dallas game. Amare didn’t know why he got a T, I couldn’t tell why even after watching the replay 4 times, even the announcers, McHale and Harlan had no answers. I’ve seen technicals given out for laughing (Hickson), staring (Villanueva), as well as little things like putting your palms up after a call (I’ve seen that about a dozen times). As if this wasn’t ridiculous enough, the calls aren’t even consistant. I’ve seen LeBron run alongside a ref yelling “are you kidding me?” over and over and not get a tech.
Respect for the game goes both ways. Turning players into emotionless robots isn’t respect for the game either. There’s a reason why everyone loved basketball so much more in the 80′s. Let the players play.