New technical foul rule: Better for the NBA?

Ever watched a game and felt like the referees missed a call and yelled at the TV? Happens all time time, it’s part of being a fan. You get to vent your frustration. The players do it a lot in the game, but for them, the consequences are a free-throw for the opposing team and getting fined.

Seems fair, right? Yes, actually it does.

If you break the in-game rules, get into a scuffle with the opponent, or just do the infamous “Rasheed Wallace “Nooo!” runaround in protest”, you deserve a technical foul. The game doesn’t need to put up with that sort of misconduct and the rule is set to keep the game in control.

Last season, technical fouls weren’t handed out often (Perkins and Sheed will argue against this point). They were handed about every solar eclipse or so. If you were to get into the face of your opponent, you get a tech. If you yell at the top of your lungs for/against a foul, you get a tech. If for some reason, you call an official (insert insult here). you guessed it, you’ll get a foul.

Get where I’m going with this?

Well this season, the NBA decided to “revamp” that technical foul rule for the “better” of the NBA. It seems that David Stern was sick and tired of seeing his players complaining. So, the new rule goes like this: If you raise your arms in protest to a call from the referee, if you dare to look at the referee/opponent, or just play the game of basketball, you will be issued with a technical foul. Sounds absurd, don’t it? The fines have also been doubled to $2,000 for each technical foul. The fine is nothing but a mere deterrent, scaring players into not complaining.

David Stern hoped to reduce complaints from the players and improve the image of the NBA, trying to get across the message that these are men playing, not little kids. Well Mr. Stern, were you ever so wrong. The new rule has yet to reduce the complaints from the players, in fact, it has only frustrated the players more. They as well as the fans, are disgusted with the new rule. You can see it in the players’ faces. Showing emotion on the court is part of the game (part of any game for that matter).

When Stern was asked to talk about the new rule, he explained how he wanted to “clean” the NBA and it’s image. For point of emphasis, he asked the sideline reporter (and the fans) “how many calls have been changed when players complained?” and he simply left it at that for you to think about. The obvious answer is none, and he does have a point but it won’t stop the players from complaining to get their message across to the referees, so they can watch it on the ensuing possessions and try to make the right call.

Technical fouls can change the context of the game. Some of you might say “how can that happen? It’s just a free-throw.” But that one free-throw can be the start of a run and it can kill you opponent’s momentum. With technical fouls being called every third possession, don’t be surprised to see a team go on a run after draining the free-throw.

As we witnessed against the Suns, Lamar felt like he got fouled (which he obviously did, there was contact from Turkoglu) and so he yelled “AND 1!” to the “officials” and Lamar got what he asked for. A whistle was blown. Technical foul on Lamar Odom. He stood there; stunned. What was even more ridiculous is this absurd call on Kobe, as he drew the foul. So now, if you draw a foul and get knocked down to the floor, you get a technical? I must’ve missed that one.

In conclusion, this rule itself is fair. The officials need to have the power to control the game and punish players for misconduct. But the way players earned an tech is in question, and quite frankly, it doesn’t seem fair.

I’m not saying we should abolish the rule completely but the referees just need to tone down their criteria on assessing what is and isn’t worthy of a technical foul. The end result would be some happy players and fans.

  • More Cookies 4 Kob

    Are you fucking kidding me? I don’t know anybody outside of David Stern who supports this.

    • daboss1848

      i support

  • Robert.

    Kobe & Phil don’t like it, so I don’t like it (actually, I didn’t like it before they were ‘somehow’ able to express their opinion about that – surprised they didn’t get fined for their comments).

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    why would the biggest CRY-BABY in the league like a rule where he has to be respectful?They all whine too much…..heres where kobe is a leader.whining.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    I’m saying its a FAIR rule. What I’m against is the way the officials assess what is and isn’t worthy of a tech. Get what I mean?

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    this should of been started about 13 years ago……….

  • iLakers

    Marzina makes a good point. This is a much needed rule because quite frankly it’s annoying when people complain about a call. Just respect the call man, it’s part of the game. Shut up and keep playing.

    HOWEVER, since Tim Donaghy’s story about the way ref’s treat certain players, it makes you wonder if this rule is actually fair. In any case you can’t dispute the fact that this game is one of the hardest games to referee. Whether these refs are biased or not, they still slip when it comes to calling a pure game (even with instant replay). So because of this I can understand a players perspective when a referee is given so much power. If there’s a bad call after bad call your going to get frustrated. Basketball is an emotional game. IF A REFEREE IS CALLING A BAD GAME HE NEEDS TO KNOW THAT HE’S CALLING A BAD GAME. And who better to do that than the players who are playing the game. And keep in mind that receiving two technicals takes you literally out of the game. Putting this in perspective…an emotional outburst like LO’s after being fouled is enough to ALMOST get him thrown out of the game…ridiculous.

    This rule definitely needs to be modified just like the defensive 3 second rule.

    • ilikebasketball

      especially since it’s become obvious to me, since lamar joined the lakers….that the refs for some reason have it in for him.
      i can’t figure it out.
      but he never ever gets the call, or the benefit of the doubt.
      ever.
      i dont get what happened where he got on the bad side of seemingly every ref in the NBA.

      they need to have a point system for the refs.
      and they need to make it transparent.
      if the refs are screwing up games, as every fan of NBA knows they do all the time(which is human), the way to solve that is not, like a fascist dictator, quiet the dissenters, but by making things more transparents and rewarding those refs who make good calls consistently. and HAVE AN AGE LIMIT.

  • 242LakerFan

    The intention behind this rule is good. Of course, that brings to mind the old expression, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
    Yes, the constant complaints by players have gotten out of hand over the years, but this rule is being enforces sporadically at best and at worst some refs seem to have a hair trigger with it. Case in point, last night Rip Hamilton was teched up after Kobe frankly got a superstar call against him. Then suddenly, maybe five seconds later, he’s teched up a second time and effectively the game was over. The refs had just taken the Piston’s best player off the floor. Thanks.
    So the best players in the world are now supposed to play like emotionless robots. How about we just change the name to the VBA (Vulcan Basketball Association)?

  • ilikebasketball

    This rule is insane.
    and should be abolished.
    its not fair.
    it’s not fair to take the emotion out of the game.
    every person can see when a player goes too far in their protests.

    they should take this rule away.
    and add a no flopping rule.
    plain and simple.

    David Stern is going to ruin the NBA ever so slowly.

    • daboss1848

      lol at “fair”
      and no floping is already a rule

  • ilikebasketball

    To the next nationally televised laker game someone should make a sign that says “DAVID STERN STOP DESTROYING BASKETBALL! EMOTIONS ARE A PART OF THE GAME”

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinsmoore moorepower310

    It should be, if you yell directly at the officails you get a T but if you just yell or throw your hands up then you should be fine. If you don’t like a call and you feel like taking to the refs you need to approach them with a level head.

    I think there was too much compaining but David Stern just turned the refs into emotion hating Nazis.

    • iLakers

      hahaha…kudos on the Nazi analogy.

  • LC09

    ay marwan or who da hell is runnin da site nowaways.. where da fu k is the schedule underneath the shoutbox?? that needs to b up asap!!!! DAMNIT

  • jang

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  • 1

    Funny, this complaining goes all the way back to Jordan. Before him, the refs used Ts to try to control the game; afterwards, everyone wanted to be just like Mike. just another difference in the game that Kobe has to face…