So apparently, Amar’e Stoudemire picked up his 16th technical foul Thursday night against the Mavericks after getting tangled up away from the basket with Mavericks center Brendan Haywood. From my perspective there was really nothing done that was in fact worthy of a technical–especially considering a 16th technical would result in automatic suspension for Stoudemire.
That being said, that leads me to the point of this blog post. Why in the world is that even a rule in the NBA now? Why does 16 technicals lead to an automatic suspension in the NBA? I wonder if David Stern really believed that making that rule would actually end up lowering the amount of technical fouls called. C’mon Stern!! The only way to decrease the number of technical fouls called is to decrease the number of times you call technical fouls. Sounds simple enough, right.
The NBA has gotten too soft over the years. I could understand implementing the dress code for players after Stern got scared that Iverson’s pre-game apparel would represent the NBA in a bad way. I didn’t have too much of a problem with that. But when the NBA announced at the beginning of this season that any player who reacts after not getting a call their way would receive an automatic technical, I knew nothing good could come out of that.
Aside from Stoudemire, Dwight Howard has also received more than his fair share of techs this season. When you look at the list of technical foul leaders in the NBA, the majority of the players on that list are crucial to their team’s success. Of those players the top five includes the like of Dwight Howard (20), Amar’e Stoudemire (18), Stephen Jackson (15), Carmelo Anthony (15), Kobe Bryant (14). [SIDE NOTE: This list includes total technical fouls received regardless if they were rescinded.} If you notice, those are pretty prolific names in the top five. If the NBA continues to suspend players for unnecessary technical fouls, a lot of key players will end up riding the pine for crucial games down the stretch of the season.
If you ask me, the NBA should get rid of those technical foul rules and only blow the whistle when it’s perfectly clear that the situation could potential come to blows. If the rules of today were used back in the 80s and 90s, all of the great players would’ve received technical fouls daily–especially Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.