The NBA players association is considering legal action against the league over their new enforcement policy regarding on-the-court complaints.
This season, players are subject to technical fouls for “unnecessary and unwarranted overreaction” to calls made by the referees or even “overt gestures” directed at other players. Since they also raised the fines for receiving technicals and the accumulation of T’s can result in a suspension, players are understandably upset about the assault on their pocket books.
But the union is also worried about the effect on player psyches, arguing that the rules are “stifling the players’ passion and exuberance for their work” and generally making the game really boring watch.
Referees called four technicals in sixteen seconds during an exhibition game between New York and Boston, and Kevin Garnett was ejected for complaining a foul called on a teammate. It will only get worse when the games actually matter.
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