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UPDATE: League rescinds Kobe’s Monday technical, now three away from suspension

Feb 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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UPDATE 1:19 pm: Kobe Bryant was right, the league has rescinded Kobe’s technical from Monday night.

Kobe was complaining about not getting a call (shocking!) right at the end of the half on a half-court heave. You don’t get that call unless someone goes Jadeveon Clowney in tackling the shooter. But it wasn’t the ref Kobe was talking to that made the call, it was Joey Crawford running in from the other side. In a very Joey Crawford way. The league understands so they rescinded the tech.

That leaves Kobe at 13, still just three off being suspended for a game.

10:35 am: Monday night in Denver, the referees were calling it tight for whatever reason — they issued three technical in the first half. And it wasn’t like these were elbow-to-the-head obvious calls, they hit up George Karl and anyone else complaining about calls.

Kobe Bryant knew that when he felt he was fouled on the end-of-half heave from halfcourt at the buzzer. Kobe felt he was fouled, but nobody ever gets that call, still Kobe walked up to referee Josh Tiven and complained about the call.

Joey Crawford rushed in from the other side and hit Kobe with a technical — his 14th of the season.

That leads the league. It also means he is going to get a letter from the league office reminding him that if he gets to 16 he gets suspended for a game.

Kobe believes the league will take back Monday’s reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. But whether they do or don’t Kobe needs to be careful because the Lakers are fighting to make the playoffs, every game matters and they can’t afford to be without him for a game. And this season in particular a frustrated Kobe likes to argue with the referees. Mike D’Antoni discussed it after the game, as reported by Ding.

“He has to control that,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We can’t afford to lose him for a game, not like that.”

Not at all. The Lakers remain three games back of the Rockets (who have an easy schedule the rest of the way) and 3.5 back of the Jazz (who have a much harder schedule). The Rockets are playing well and the Jazz didn’t trade Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap at the deadline — neither team is coming back to the Lakers, they have to go get them. And they can’t do that without Kobe there every night.

  1. florida727 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    What an idiotic rule. SIXTEEN technicals? Really? Want to stop the endless whining at the officials? TWO technicals and you sit a game. Period. Or, two technicals within a 10 game window. Get a technical, go 9 games without one and the first one is forgiven.

    Another necessary rule change: in the last minute of a game, each team gets ONE timeout. The last minute of an NBA game takes 30 minutes of actual time. It’s ridiculous. They typically don’t even make the switch to the second televised game on time.

    That’s one of the great things about hockey. 3 periods, 20 minutes each, 60 minutes total. You can figure within reason the game will be over 2 hours after it starts. It won’t go on until 3am because of useless timeouts and media commercial breaks.

    • Nostrils10 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      NBA should be ashamed with their officials all the way around… Lol I’m surprised Jeff Van Gundy still commentating ABC games, every time I watch a game he does he’s ripping the officials… but all these Grown men need to stop their whining.. It’s not right how bad officials are it’s embarrassing to watch. over every little thing..

      It’s like: a team will get 3-4 calls in their favor that are bs but when they commit 1, which is also BS they act like they haven’t been getting calls all night.. Just some female stuff to me..

    • dannymac17 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    • Distinguished Male - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      “I’ma come to a basketball site, poop on the sport, then talk up hockey because reasons!”

      The heck you talking about? Next you’ll be saying that after ONE technical, a NBA player has to go find a box to sit in. And that goaltending should be allowed so you can just plant a center in the paint and have him swat shots as they’re about to go in. And that they should pour water all over the court, freeze it, then give the guys skates. See what I’m doing here?

      Go on with yo’self, ya crazy.

  2. joebone - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Joey Crawford = self-infatuated thin-skinned asshat.

  3. whitdog23 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    hockey is great with a 40 game season. lets keep it this way!!!

  4. csndrew - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Of all the ridiculous things in sports, this concept of rescinding technicals for superstars who are close to being suspended is right near the top of the list.

  5. eugenesaxe - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Gotta make sure the games sell out, never mind the rules.

  6. hannsta - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    What a surprise. The league is walking the Lakers into the playoffs. Look for them to win any close game. The only games they will lose will be the ones where they just get so dominated the refs cant bail them out.

    • paleihe - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Yup, the Lakers will win all close games. If they’re down by 7, I assume they’ll get one “and-one”, three technicals, and an illegal defense call on the other team.

      God, Stern, has set it in stone.


    • cosanostra71 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      I’m not sure if you watch Lakers games or just read the box scores, but it looks like you just read the box scores. The reason the Lakers get a lot of foul shots in close games is that teams tend to purposefully foul Dwight to put him on the line. It’s been a reasonably effective strategy this year, and it results in disproportionate numbers of foul shots for the Lakers. This is true even when the Lakers lose close games.

      As far as rescinding the foul, it was the right move. Crawford had no business making this call. The league rescinds fouls for several players a year, but it’s only news when a player with name power like Kobe, LeBron or Wade have it happen.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I didn’t mean that first sentence to be rude, btw. Just explaining as someone who watches most if not all Lakers games. Honestly, if the Lakers are shooting a lot of free throws, it’s a bad thing, because it generally means our worst foul shooter (Dwight) is on the line a lot.

  7. kb2408 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    A non-story.

  8. edwardemanuelson - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    “You’re welcome, Kobe.”

    – David Stern

    • mytthor - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Yes, the NBA cheats for the Lakers. Luckily they stepped in and stopped them from getting Chris Paul. Because any time you have a chance to stop your favorite team from getting the best point guard in the league, you have to make it happen.

  9. kavika6 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Joey Crawford is a d-bag but he’s been in the game for a long time. He should know better than to try to call a technical on the darlings of the league like Kobe, Wade and Lebron.

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