This is a request to OPP Nation. Dwight Howard received his latest T for saying "damn" out of frustration. SVG pointed out that another player called "BS" on a foul and wasn't T'd up.
I want to know who's calling these technical fouls on who, and for what. Additionally, I want to know what other players are doing that would equate to Howard's T's, but aren't getting called. And mostly, I want to know what other players are doing that one would consider worse than what D12 does, but don't get called.
Here's why: I watched the Magic-Celtics game when Howard got T'd and afterward, the ref was standing next to Dwight yelling for him to stop clapping to himself. I got pretty mad about that because by that point, the ref was the guy who was being arrogant and disrepectful. He looked like he was bullying Howard. My opinion.
Shaq got it right, after that game. We don't pay to see refs. We don't pay to see the best players sit the majority of the game.
So, I have two requests. First, how many of Dwight's technical fouls are legitimate, compared to the hard rules? Second, how many of Dwight's technical fouls are questionable? By questionable, I mean that he does something that any other player in the league can do and it goes unnoticed. I'm a Magic fan, so I'm not able to leave my bias out of this, so I'm asking for help from our analytical pros. I'm willing to be completely wrong on this. But I watch other players out there (KG, Big Baby) being so obvious with their taunts and such, and it seems like Dwight gets T'd for comments either under his breath or directed away from officials and opponents...he does appear to be targeted.
In short, I'm throwing the BS flag. Dwight having 12 techs this early every year is just too obvious, and here's why: he gets slapped, elbowed, pinched and held more than anyone in the league. He's too strong to play the victim and too easy a target for floppers. He has all that to deal with, and so he gets frustrated by the one-sided officiating against him. Now...if he breathes a word of discontent...technical foul.
If every player had to deal with this, I'd leave it alone. In the NFL, there are rules to protect the quarterback from unnecessary roughness, and those rules are harsh. In the NBA, we let players brutalize the centers (and there are precious few of them) and punish the centers for bringing it up. And God help the coach who defends his center. He'd better have a deep wallet if he even says a word.
I'm getting a bit tired of it.