What is a technical foul in the NBA? Great question. The answer? Nobody really knows. Warriors forward Draymond Green had his technical foul rescinded by the NBA on Friday morning, and that call led to many questions about what constitutes a technical in today’s league. DeMarcus Cousins would like to know as well.
So, let’s take a look at some of the questionable–at best–technicals called in this short NBA season.
NBA technical malpractice:
4. DeMarcus Cousins Swats at the King
Boogie has had his fair share of technicals over his career and has four already in the early stages of this NBA season.
DeMarcus Cousins now ejected too for a Flagrant 2 foul on LeBron James.
Boogie and Markieff Morris are both out of the game.pic.twitter.com/ndF1H4afUT
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 11, 2021
Sure, Cousins made contact with James, but a flagrant 2 seems a bit excessive. He was making a play on the ball, and knowing the relationship between the two NBA players, this what almost certainly unintentional.
For whatever reason, Cousins was granted a Flagrant 2 for this foul and had to spend the rest of the NBA game in the Rockets locker room watching on TV.
3. Boogie Against the Lakers, Part 2
For whatever reason, the Lakers and Boogie Cousins just aren’t memorable games for the Rockets’ NBA big man.
Cousins was trying to draw a charge on Kyle Kuzma in this NBA game, and instead got called for a block, much to the dismay of Boogie.
DeMarcus Cousins to referee: "Wait, how was that–"
Ref: "TECHNICAL FOUL!! THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING BOOGIE!!"pic.twitter.com/JtErYi6Hjq
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 13, 2021
Yeah, this shouldn’t be an NBA technical. Players express their frustrations with the referees all the time and the fact that Boogie got one there is, well, questionable at the very best.
Cousins has a reputation throughout his NBA career, and perhaps that sits in the refs’ minds while calling games when he’s on the floor. Nonetheless, the technicals he’s received this season, in general, have been interesting.
2. Kelly Oubre Blows a Kiss at Trezz
For some reason, the Warriors, Rockets, and Lakers have all taken part- in some way or the other- in each of these bad NBA calls, including the one at number one.
Kelly Oubre Jr. received an NBA technical for blowing a kiss. Yes, that’s not a typo.
Oubre got a tech for blowing a kiss at Trezz 😂 pic.twitter.com/qAQqVeIDPB
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 19, 2021
Oubre drained a three and turned and blew a kiss in the direction of Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell, and received a technical-much to the surprise of the Warriors’ NBA wing.
The stature of technicals have certainly gone done in recent years in the NBA. Oubre couldn’t believe it as he smirked and stared at the ref in bewilderment.
Lesson learned by NBA players: Make the basket, turn around, and say nothing to be safe.
Worst NBA technical of the season:
1. Draymond Green Speaks to His Own Teammate
This one is the most recent, but is also the most outrageous NBA technical we have seen in quite some time.
Green had received one technical earlier in the NBA contest, and this one led to him heading to the locker rooms earlier than everybody else.
Draymond Green just got ejected for picking up his second technical foul.
Green was talking to teammate James Wiseman, but the ref thought he was talking to him and ejected the Warriors forward. 🤦🏽♂️pic.twitter.com/EDyqj6B2ra
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 22, 2021
Yes, Green was tossed by the refs on Thursday because of that technical. He was talking to teammate James Wiseman, but apparently, the ref thought it was directed at him and took favor.
Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr, and others couldn’t believe this happened. Curry pleaded with the officials for a while, holding back laughter because of the absurdity of the call.
The loss of Green was a big one for the Warriors, and the New York Knicks ended up winning the game, 119-104.
The NBA ended up rescinding the technical, but too little too late in a costly mistake that led to Green missing an entire half of the game.
The NBA is rescinding the second technical foul on Warriors forward Draymond Green last night vs. New York, which forced him to be ejected late in the first half, the league tells me and @anthonyVslater.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2021
So, the definition of a technical foul in today’s game is confusing, perplexing, and just doesn’t have any sort of clarity, and hopefully, the league addresses that going forward.