by Micah Hart
If you are an NBA fan (as I’ll assume you are if you are reading this post), you are presumably somewhat aware of the NBA’s technical foul policy; i.e., after a player receives his 16th technical violation of the season he is subject to a one-game suspension, and then again for every two after that.
Generally speaking it is rare for anyone to earn a suspension, but with the NBA cracking down on players complaining to the officials this year it seems like we may see a few guys brush up against earning a forced vacation.
The leader in the clubhouse as we turn the calendar over to 2011 is Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who despite his sunny disposition has been racking up technicals like so many double-doubles. To keep track of his technical proficiency, the folks at Magic Basketball Online have started the Dwight Tech Watch:
|20-Nov||Indiana Pacers (Away)||W||25-12||5||Rescinded|
|22-Nov||San Antonio Spurs (Away)||L||26-18||5|
|27-Nov||Washington Wizards (Away)||W||32-11||6|
|14-Dec||Denver Nuggets (Away)||L||21-14||7|
|20-Dec||Atlanta Hawks (Away)||L||19-20||8|
|23-Dec||San Antonio Spurs||W||29-14||9|
|27-Dec||New Jersey Nets (Away)||W||19-13||11|
|30-Dec||New York Knicks||W||24-18||12||Rescinded|
Dwight currently sits at 11 techs through 33 games. At his current pace (my basic math skills tell me he’s at one T every three games), Howard will earn a suspension somewhere around the end of this month — barely past the halfway point of the season.
It will be interesting to see if Howard is able to contain himself the rest of the season to avoid reaching the (no pun intended) magic number.