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And Another Thing

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Kobe Bryant

No more Kobe's dirty looks

I have seen ridiculous before. I covered the Isiah Thomas CBA, after all.

Very little, however, is as flat-out absurd as the new NBA edict that it's expanding the criteria for technical fouls to include, basically, players' facial expressions.

In other words, if you look at the ref the wrong way when you've been called for a foul, he can "T" you up.

I have two reactions to this.

1. Are you kidding me?

2. Are NBA refs the biggest candy-you-know-whats in sports, or what?

Seriously, you're going to allow them to slap technical fouls on guys because they look at you wrong? What do we have here, a professional sport or preschool? Will there also be a provision in the new rule for tissues at courtside so the poor widdle ref can wipe away his tears? Will there be counselors available to sooth his hurt feelings when Kevin Garnett scowls at him?

Here's a thought, boys. Why don't you try getting a call right once in awhile instead of worrying about the way someone's looking at you?

I'm trying to think here, right now, how many stellar NBA careers would have been cut short if rampant silliness like this had been allowed back in the day. Kareem would have been gone in a minute. Bill Russell and Wilt, too. Oscar Roberston. And can you imagine how often Rick Barry would have been sent to the showers?

I used to think the NBA stood for "National Basketball Association."

Now I know it really stands for "Nursery Basketball Association."

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