Lakers forward Lamar Odom isn’t happy with the NBA’s stricter rules on issuing technical fouls.
Players and coaches will now be docked $2,000 for each of their first five technical fouls. The cost rises to $3,000 for the next five, followed by $4,000 for Nos. 11-15. Starting at 16, players are suspended one game for every two technicals, along with a $5,000 fine for each.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lamar Odom will live.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward earns $8 million per season, while his chubby-cheeked better half, Khloe Kardashian, is also a multi-millionaire because of her reality TV exploits.
Of course, Odom can afford to pay more for eve a technical foul. Like most NBA players, he’ll now think twice before challenging a referee’s call.
So chalk one up for Commissioner David Stern and the suits at NBA head office. Clearly, the powers that be want to limit players protesting each and every whistle like the Third Estate during the French Revolution.
Past efforts –like empowering referees to call more technical fouls – failed because there weren’t appropriate consequences and stiff deterrents.
Now the players will pay. Literally. This is the best – and, perhaps, only – way to return power to referees.
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