The Worst Technical Called in NBA History

5/13/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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In a recent interview with the New York Times, Joey Crawford said that one of his biggest regrets as a referee was the egregious technical foul he called on superstar Tim Duncan for laughing on the bench.
 
The technical foul eventually led to a verbal altercation in which Crawford challenged Duncan to a fight; a confrontation which inevitably led to the suspension of Crawford from the NBA.
 
Referees are human.  Good calls, bad calls, personal vendettas, and blatant mistakes are a part of the game.  It’s what makes the game so infuriating and yet so ineffable. 
 
Yesterday evening, however, may have been the most absurd technical foul called on in the history of the NBA.  Calling a technical on Duncan for laughing is one thing, but calling a technical for high-fiving your teammate is another thing. 
 
Right before the end of the first half of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies game, Griffin passed the ball to Evans on a fast break.  The bulldozing Evans drew the foul and the two players proceeded to high-five for what was a good basketball play.  However, they were immediately hit with a technical foul by referee Marc Davis causing both players to raise their hands up in total disarray and utter confusion.
 
Commentators Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy of ESPN proceeded to say:
 
Mike Breen:  Where’s the technical?
Jeff Van Gundy: I don’t know what that…wow.  Cause it wasn’t anything he said.  It wasn’t a taunt.
 
The technical foul led to a made free throw by Rudy Gay.  A single point that typically would not make a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but when you lose a game by a total of two points in the NBA playoffs, it makes all the difference in the world. 



 
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5/20/12   |   jaysinw   |   4882 respect

LOL, you are so right in that the game last so much longer the final two minutes, well when the game is close at least it does. I do not know what takes the refs so long to set things up, but I have too notice that.

It would be nice if in the mist of a game a ref could determine which fouls are FLOPS and ones which are not. Most times you are watching something as you are moving and then in a quick movement someone is going down. you cold not see exactly how much contact there was so you have to go with what you saw and call the foul. I am not into instant replays, but I would love to see the Refs get together and discuss what they saw. If one of them saw the FLOP then the ref who made the call could change the call.

5/19/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

jaysinw wrote:
Sure you can call that at the end in the beginning. you state that we would not be able to watch a game... I disagree completely, instead we would make players actually learn to play the game again. If I want to watch street ball I would step outside, instead I am watching professionals play lousy ball. What do you say to those who are playing good defense I know it was a moving pick you should have fought through it? Again if we can watch AAU games, high school games with players who were taught to set a pick correctly, we can sure see the same thing in the NBA. You can play a game and have it watchable playing within the rules of the game. I remember 1988 baseball said the same thing when the umpires where told to call the balks as the rules stated. Guess what more balks were called and pitched adapted, the same would happen in basketball. I do agree with the 95% and it drives me insane, especially when I have to explain why the NBA players do not have to follow the same rules which I teach my players.

If we do not call those picks, we should can the rules and say we will not call any fouls with less then a minute left. What is the purpose of having rules if people are going to say they should be ignored at the end of a game, or because he is a super star?

I agree with what you say about the technical which was called, just as we could go through and see many fouls or ejections that should not have happen either. Dennis Rodman comes to mind and many of them.

I remember reading a quote from one sportswriter who stated that the final minute of an NBA basketball game is like a kodak moment. It lasts forever. Someone dribbles two steps, calls a timeout. Ball is shot. Timeout. ball is passed. When timeouts are done, then the defense deliberately fouls. To make matters worse, in an NBA game, it seems to take longer for the officials to set up a free throw than it does for the timeouts. Again, the line to be drawn is quite simple- if the fouls are flagrant, always call them. However, a touch foul followed by a flop shouldn't be called.

Just what do the officials do that takes so long anyway? Do they sneak into a reading room and have cigars and brandy while listening to Tolstoy reading?

5/15/12   |   jaysinw   |   4882 respect

chevleclair wrote:
Those points are valid. but calling a technical for a high five? No. That's horrible. You also can't call an illegal pick at the end of a game unless it's flagrant (actually, from what I see, 95% of all picks set in the NBA are illegal). If officials called every hack and every pick, basketball would be impossible to watch.

Sure you can call that at the end in the beginning. you state that we would not be able to watch a game... I disagree completely, instead we would make players actually learn to play the game again. If I want to watch street ball I would step outside, instead I am watching professionals play lousy ball. What do you say to those who are playing good defense I know it was a moving pick you should have fought through it? Again if we can watch AAU games, high school games with players who were taught to set a pick correctly, we can sure see the same thing in the NBA. You can play a game and have it watchable playing within the rules of the game. I remember 1988 baseball said the same thing when the umpires where told to call the balks as the rules stated. Guess what more balks were called and pitched adapted, the same would happen in basketball. I do agree with the 95% and it drives me insane, especially when I have to explain why the NBA players do not have to follow the same rules which I teach my players.

If we do not call those picks, we should can the rules and say we will not call any fouls with less then a minute left. What is the purpose of having rules if people are going to say they should be ignored at the end of a game, or because he is a super star?

I agree with what you say about the technical which was called, just as we could go through and see many fouls or ejections that should not have happen either. Dennis Rodman comes to mind and many of them.

5/15/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

jaysinw wrote:
I agree with officials should be held accountable for the calls or lacks of call they make. That goes for all sports, and we should not wait till the play-offs to do so. 


No I did not misunderstand anything, if your team is not that strong where the refs went out and called everything against you to give the other team a chance, then it is flat out nonsense to cry about how unfair they were. The refs made calls for and against for teams, instead of yammering about make better plays. I abhor in saying this but in the words of Dana White "do not leave the decision in the hands of the refs", so in all sports, if you make the plays you should, the refs calls will not determine the outcome of any game.


Please do not tell me Kevin Garnett was also correct saying let the players determine the outcome of a game late when he was called for an illegal pick??? Honestly the refs should call it more, it is really sad when my 10 yr old sits and tells me that was illegal. If a 10 yr knows then these grown men should know and it should be called more often.

Those points are valid. but calling a technical for a high five? No. That's horrible. You also can't call an illegal pick at the end of a game unless it's flagrant (actually, from what I see, 95% of all picks set in the NBA are illegal). If officials called every hack and every pick, basketball would be impossible to watch.

5/15/12   |   jaysinw   |   4882 respect

chevleclair wrote:
There's a biased official, there. I'm not going to say that he's being blatantly dishonest, but seriously, 2 points is two points.

While you do make good points about overall game performance, you misunderstand the parity in the playoffs. One team doesn't simply dominate another for four games straight very often. Even in sweeps, at least one game is going to be close, and ticky-tac foul calls can swing momentum one way or another, just as much as play on the court can. I think Davis's call should be reviewed and he be disciplined. Not so much fired or suspended, but perhaps a "watch this guy" black mark should be put on to his record for the season, at the very least.

I agree with officials should be held accountable for the calls or lacks of call they make. That goes for all sports, and we should not wait till the play-offs to do so. 


No I did not misunderstand anything, if your team is not that strong where the refs went out and called everything against you to give the other team a chance, then it is flat out nonsense to cry about how unfair they were. The refs made calls for and against for teams, instead of yammering about make better plays. I abhor in saying this but in the words of Dana White "do not leave the decision in the hands of the refs", so in all sports, if you make the plays you should, the refs calls will not determine the outcome of any game.


Please do not tell me Kevin Garnett was also correct saying let the players determine the outcome of a game late when he was called for an illegal pick??? Honestly the refs should call it more, it is really sad when my 10 yr old sits and tells me that was illegal. If a 10 yr knows then these grown men should know and it should be called more often.

5/15/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

jaysinw wrote:
If you pick that one play out saying we lost the game by two points then you are a fool. Any game that is that tight you cold really go back and see many plays where a player took a bad shoot, did not play defense missed an easy lay up. You can never go back and say we lost it on that one play, kywags do that. Even if it was the last play of the game, you should have played better through out the game so you would not have been in that position.

There's a biased official, there. I'm not going to say that he's being blatantly dishonest, but seriously, 2 points is two points.

While you do make good points about overall game performance, you misunderstand the parity in the playoffs. One team doesn't simply dominate another for four games straight very often. Even in sweeps, at least one game is going to be close, and ticky-tac foul calls can swing momentum one way or another, just as much as play on the court can. I think Davis's call should be reviewed and he be disciplined. Not so much fired or suspended, but perhaps a "watch this guy" black mark should be put on to his record for the season, at the very least.

5/13/12   |   jaysinw   |   4882 respect

If you pick that one play out saying we lost the game by two points then you are a fool. Any game that is that tight you cold really go back and see many plays where a player took a bad shoot, did not play defense missed an easy lay up. You can never go back and say we lost it on that one play, kywags do that. Even if it was the last play of the game, you should have played better through out the game so you would not have been in that position.