In light of the admitted bad calls by NBA referees -- consecutive blown ones in the last 30 seconds of the Wizards' last game and John Wall creeping into the league leaders in technical fouls -- it's worth taking a look at what happened this week with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle complained that official David Jones baited his point guard, Deron Williams, into getting a technical foul. How? See the evidence here.
Jones apologized but there's always a frustration among players, and Wall is near the top of that list, with not only calls not going their way (which is to be expected) but also because of matters such as this.
Last season, in a game vs. the Orlando Magic, Wall took issue with a call by an official and could be seen having what appeared to be a level-headed discussion. Enter Joey Crawford, who wasn't involved in the discussion. Crawford injected himself and as Wall walked away to join his team during the timeout, he felt that he was negatively being referred to as "Number 2." He snapped back at Crawford and was hit with a technical during that dead ball.
Wall admitted then he deserved the technical for what he said in retaliation -- each costs $2,000 for the first five issued and then $3,000 each for the next five and $4,000 for the next five during a season. The 16th technical is a $5,000 fine plus a one-game suspension.
But does the situation rise to that level without Crawford's intervention?
The frustration with the lack of respect from officials could be playing tricks on Wall as he settled for jumpers late in Tuesday's loss at the Portland Trail Blazers rather than attacking the basket.
Wall now has eight technicals (tied with Isaiah Thomas for 8th most) this season but shouldn't be in danger of getting a suspension with less than 20 games left in the regular season. His seventh one came on a crucial play vs. the Golden State Warriors fourth personal foul in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors.
It was a game-changer as Wall had to go to the bench, but he was irate for being assessed a charging foul when Stephen Curry -- in his mind -- should've been hit with his fourth for a blocking foul.
The call erased a layup in what became a 41-point effort, but Wall's frustration is starting to add up.
The league office has the authority to rescind technical fouls, but what happened with Williams and Jones isn't unique nor is what took place between Wall and Crawford a season ago. Officials are people too and get heated and involved in the banter with players, though as authority figures they're required to be a step above the fray.
Participating in it, and going out of one's way to agitate a situation, is bad form.
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