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After a 2nd technical, you’re sent to your room without any supper

It's probably best that Rasheed retired last year.

The NBA recently announced that referees will have greater power to call technical fouls against whiners. according to ESPN, This can include any player that,

• Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.

• Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.

• Running directly at an official to complain about a call.

• Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.

It does appear that players will still be able to write letters to their local newspaper, though, provided they use respectful language. As the league openly admits, the decision is all about the bottom line.

“Our players are more personally connected to fans than any other sports,” Johnson said. “We don’t have masks. … There’s nothing you can hide on the expression of an NBA players. … People expect hockey players to be fighting. They expect baseball managers to be kicking dirt on umpires. But that’s not our game. That’s not what our fans want. They tell us in many many ways and I think we have to adjust to meet the needs of our league and our fans. It’s a business.”

This is, IMO, a terrible idea. The worst offenders in this area are the league’s best player, and letting the LeBrons and the Kobes get to admit their disgust at the calls they feel entitled to is as much part of that bottom line as limiting other players’ complaints. My hunch is that refs will not enforce this against the superstars, which means everyone else will bear the brunt of it. Plus, imagine in an emotional game, after a terrible call, a player understandably goes nuts: a T can complete change the game, all for raising his arms in the air?

The NBA is doing all it can to shed its bad-boy, inner-city (read: black) image. Ts are already thrown around the slightest infraction, as all Phoenix fans bitterly know. But in trying to make the game more “respectable,” it’s becoming less passionate. Players are always on their guard, which is a shame, because that lack of distance, that openness, is as much of a blessing as a curse to the league. We want to see that our guys care, that they’re passionate about winning, and basketball offers that like no other sport. Constant whining should be penalized, but I’m worried about momentary outbursts. If this policy would be enforced evenly on everyone, I’d be more okay with it, but my cynic side says that won’t happen.

And if the NBA was serious about improving its image, they’d make serious measures to improve refereeing or calls Ts for flopping.

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