That video you see right there is Amar’e Stoudemire’s 16th technical foul of the season, which means he won’t play this Sunday against the Indiana Pacers because when you get that many techs, you get a one-game suspension. Those are the rules, even if no one understands why a technical was called.
Except that won’t happen because that silly technical won’t stand. It’s so silly Amar’e Stoudemire was laughing about it and talking about how it was sure to be rescinded, immediately after it happened. From the AP:
“I feel confident they can rescind it,” he said. “We laughed about it later and the official agreed with us it wasn’t that bad. … We got tangled up, that’s it.”
Cool technical foul, Bennett Salvatore. Nice whistle work. Very worthwhile.
What’s the point? Phil Jackson said it before and it’s true — referees seem to be told that they should call any and all potential technicals and then let the league figure out which ones should really count. That leads to situations like this, where commentators show replays while talking about their inability to see why a technical was called and a star player is laughing because he knows he’s not really going to be punished. It’s weird.
That being said, maybe Amar’e should just chill on this and miss the game against the Pacers. The Knicks have 18 games left, which means there’s more than enough time for Amar’e to actually earn a tech that results in his suspension. Might as well take it now, against the struggling Pacers, than during an important game down the line.
(vid via EOB)