Chris Paul needs to Practice his Poker Face
The league has been instructing its referees to hit players more freely with technicals for the following infractions:
- Aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.
- Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.
- Running directly at an official to complain about a call.
- Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.
If they are serious about this, bullet points 2 and 4 will murder Chris Paul. In his last two full seasons, he’s been in the top 10 in technical fouls, with 11 in each season. Considering how much time he spends talking at the referees, that could be a problem. I say “at” instead of “with” because the referee’s response is typically a stony expression. I kind of assume Paul is complaining, don’t you?
If he reaches 16 technicals, he starts getting suspended for games. That would probably hurt the Hornets just a bit.
At least we have one thing going for us – James Posey, in his limited minutes, was also always in the top 10 in technicals, so its good he left because he’s bound to miss a few games too. Oh wait, I guess that’s something going for Indiana, not for us.