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Dwight Howard gets technical (and suspension) for slow free throws

Apr 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard likely will be suspended for Sunday’s big showdown game against the Chicago Bulls because he takes to long with his free throws.


Let me explain. First, Howard already has 17 technical fouls this season. For the 16th and every other one after it a player gets a suspension. Howard has served one game for No. 16 (back on March 7) and will serve another for the technical he got Wednesday.

He is also a very deliberate free throw shooter. A number of coaches around the league have asked for referees to asked for the 10-second rule to be called — it is against the rules to take more than 10 seconds to shoot a free throw.

Tonight against the Bobcats, Bennett Salvatore called him on it. It’s a foul and you don’t get to shoot the free throw.

Howard’s real problem isn’t the fouls called against him — even if some are bad calls — it’s his reaction. In this case a frustrated Howard tossed the ball away, not to a referee just away. Salvatore gave him the technical right there.

The league could rescind the technical, but don’t bet on it. Howard got the same foul followed by a technical back on Christmas day (that was not rescinded).

Howard will likely be out Sunday, making the potential second-round playoff preview against the Bulls a lot less interesting.

  1. savocabol1 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    magic locked up a playoff spot and their seed. unless he gets suspended for the playoffs no one cares

  2. craigw24 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Happy Birthday David Stern!!!

    I hope you love how your refs are making more headlines than Lebron James.

    Just what the NBA needs. I think you all better rethink two things…
    1) The rules
    2) The refs and the opaque screen they hide behind.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      I see nothing wrong with the rule for the suspension after a generous amount of technicals. Howard won’t be suspended because he overreacted to something one time. He’ll be suspended because he’s overreacted to something 18 times.

      • louistaylored - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        But you gotta admit that the refs have had an extremely loose trigger on letting the Techs fly this season

      • andyhr17 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

        I’ll admit that they started out the season with a ridiculous amount of technicals. The refs have realized that the game is not about them and they have eased up. Just the same, players are not throwing as many tantrums. They have adjusted….well, all of them except Dwight Howard.

      • louistaylored - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:21 PM

        Yeah but, it still takes less to get a Technical this year than last year and haha you’re right Dwight obviously hasn’t adjusted yet

    • tubal22 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      What’s it like always being a victim?

  3. philtration - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    And people believe that Howard should be the MVP?
    He is a great talent but he has a lot of growing up to do. Rose is only 22 and is more of a man right now then Howard will probably ever be.

    Go and talk to Bill Russell Dwight.
    Maybe he can teach you a thing or two.

  4. lonedog54 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Grow Up…just that simple

  5. rayflock34 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Dwights the new Rasheed Wallace, minus the patch. He gets techs for breathing wrong

  6. frankvzappa - Apr 7, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    this is part of David Sterns retaliation against Stan Van Gundy

  7. helinhater - Apr 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    How come Dwight’s inability to carry himself like a composed leader never comes into the MVP argument?

    So he’s going to miss a fairly big game on Sunday against the Bulls because Dwight is a gigantic child who can’t handle when someone calls him out for blatantly breaking the rules that even kids playing middle school ball know?

    Come on. Howard’s a great player.

    But he will NEVER win a title.

  8. jd386 - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Suspention is not the answer! All that hurts is the fans! If you want them to care fine them a large amount but now I have to watch my sons disappointment Sunday as he watches Dwight sit in a chair for his first magic game! Yeah I’m gonna teach him good sportsmanship by expaining to him why he’s sitting but at 180.00 dollars that’s a pretty expensive lesson for me not Dwight! Just a huge let down by the NBA!!!

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