Whistling a technical foul is watering down the NBA's competitive spirit. This article pinpoints why you are so upset with these technical's.[caption id="attachment_14844" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images[/caption] As the NBA evolves what seems to get more and more out of hand is what constitutes a technical. Countless times we've seen referees given them out for various reasons that just don't make sense. There are certainly times when a technical is needed to cool down a coach or to throw out Rasheed Wallace, but from the perspective of a fan they seem to be used too broadly and out of context. There are some grey areas in this rule and they need to smoothed out. These are some of the grey areas.
Player EmotionThis is by far the most controversial ruling of all. What is stock standard in a game of basketball is for players to generate some sort of emotion and competitive spirit. These technical's (whether they're supposed to or not) hit players for being passionate about the game. This 'hit' is unfair and unjust. Immediately the first of two things will happen. The player's team will be disadvantaged as the opponents receive a 'free' free throw. While it may be only 1 point, what happens if this occurs in the last five minutes? What if that makes the lead from 9 points to 10 points, a tie with under 2 minutes left to 1 ahead or a one possession game to a two possession game? Already this punishment doesn't make sense, but to top it all of the league will require some dough out of the players salary for giving the game 'bad publicity'. How is playing with heart and passion degrading towards the NBA. The league advertises the heart and passion of the players heavily when playoff time comes around. Then when it's displayed on the court players are in the bad books with the league. They're contradicting themselves and it's the people like David Stern in corporate levels rather than the officials who force this upon the game. There's a whole different story in players getting hit financially harder each year as the CBA starts to swing in the leagues favour.
Player CelebrationBare with me this is a separate category to player emotion. What happens when an NBA player dunks or receives an 'and-one' opportunity? They celebrate. Whether they're on the floor from a hard foul fist pumping or up saying things like "This is my house!" (Carmelo Anthony). These witty words and raw celebration are a part of the game. What annoys most fans I believe is when the officials T'ee up a player for hanging on the rim too long after dunking. Are you kidding me? He should have the right to hang on that rim as long as he wants. Some players put so much force into a dunk, hanging on the rim will allow them a controlled safe landing which avoids the risk of injury. With that being illegal it's just another slap in the face towards the pressures on a player. If the player however wants to hang on their for some showtime that's fine too. If he wants to disadvantage his team and leave it 5 on 4 for defense that's his choice, not the officials.
Hard Fouls MisinterpretedSome referees see misconduct and malicious behavior in what is just a hard foul to give up a certain 2 points. Heck, every player has done it from time to time and knows the reasoning behind fouling heavily to prevent a shot. So why when there are no bad intentions are players still tee'd up? The only reason a technical should be handed out is if the attacking player has been injured as a result of the foul. In that case there would have been intentions for the ball, instead of a foul without intention for the ball (that's moving towards a flagrant foul).
Is this still a players game or have corporate hotshots finally got a stranglehold on the game?