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Kevin Garnett tossed from preseason game for some magical words

Oct 13, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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We don’t know what Kevin Garnett said to referee Kane Fitzgerald. If you’ve ever watched Bull Durham you can take a guess, but we don’t know.

Whatever it was, it was some magical words that got Garnett tossed with two quick technicals from a preseason game against the Knicks at Madison square Garden.

In the second quarter, the action was under the basket and Boston’s Jermaine O’Neal was called for a foul going for an offensive rebound. He went over and started talking to the referee — a little too long for the refs taste — and he got a technical.

Garnett was out near midcourt talking to Fitzgerald and said something caused Fitzgerald to give KG a technical. Fitzgerald turned and walked away toward the scorer’s table, Garnett said something else, Fitzgerald spun and ejected him.

It came on a night when referee officials came and spoke to both teams about the NBA’s crackdown on no overt gestures and complaining without getting a technical.

The referees are not holding back either — last night San Antonio’s George Hill got one with his team up two and less than 30 seconds left in the game after he jumped up and down then stormed away from an official after a call. It was a call that almost cost the Spurs the game.

  1. zblott - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    This “referees with too much power” thing is going to get old quick.

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/10/4/nba-empowers-refs-silences-players-hurts-fans-ability-to-kno.html

  2. soannoyed - Oct 14, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    You gotta be kidding me! Talk about how the refs have a lot of impact on how a game turns out, please, now they have all the power. David Stern, you should have some respect for the game, and the players who make a ton of money for you, and the NBA Association. It’s so ridiculous, the nba talks about how the fans feel like there needs to be more respect for the game? What fans are willing to summit to watching a game when at any given moment a key player can be thrown out for showing emotion. Sure players shouldn’t be aggressive or have over the top behavior, but come on! Look back at the 80′s! I also saw in South America how a player punched a ref in the face, and you don’t see the extreme reffing changes. I feel like we’ll be watching basketball players playing while they’re in jail. Now how are the players suppose to play like themselves, they’re forced into playing like the Stepford basketball players(Stepford Wives movie, wives who are transformed into perfect, and OBEDIANT wives). What a joke! I’m a big basketball fan, but if this is the way it’s going to be then why would I bother watching anymore, and why would fans want to buy tickets anymore when the ball game isn’t in the hands of the players, and coaches, but in the hands of the technical foul happy calling refs. Hmm, playoffs should be exciting, or boring, lets see wha tthe refs decide??? Time for a new younger commissioner? I think the players should strike rather than lay down for this crap.

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