Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor free throw shooting, he tries to settle himself. And he has been doing that for a while.
On Christmas Day, on national television, veteran NBA official Bob Delaney called him on it. Midway through the second quarter He called Howard for a violation for taking too long on his free throw. Howard’s second free throw was done and everyone started running back to the other end of the court.
Howard threw the ball to the end line where nobody was standing — not really an overtly angry move but he slowed the game down for throwing it away. So he got a delay-of-game technical. Ray Allen got a free throw and the Celtics got the ball.
Just follow this link to the video.
That gives Howard a league-leading 10 technicals this season.
It was a ballsy call by Delaney because nobody calls that in the NBA — but he was correct. Howard is a regular violator of that rule and he should be called on it.
Stephen Jackson plays with emotion, that is one of the reasons he is the Charlotte Bobcats leading scorer. But those emotions have gotten the better of him a few times too.
Like last Saturday, when he got ejected for arguing a call. Which led to a suspension.
Jackson is sorry — and he wrote and open letter to Bobcats fans to let them know.
People do not like to admit they are wrong, but my actions in Milwaukee last week resulted in an ejection and ultimately an NBA suspension for the next game. As a result, I let myself, my teammates and my coaches down, but more importantly, I let our fans down. In my heart, I know I have to adjust my emotions on the floor and I vow to work harder than ever to not put myself or this team in that situation again.
I understand the rules that the NBA has established to govern players’ behavior on the floor and I respect the job the officials have each night. NBA players are bigger, faster and more athletic than ever, so being able to call a perfect game each night and see every foul is tough, and I have to take that into consideration.
I play this game with all the passion, love and respect of those who came before me. It’s a privilege to play professional basketball and I have been blessed with the talent and opportunity to play this game at a high level. In order for me to display those gifts, I have to be on the floor with my teammates. As a co-captain, I have to lead by example and I feel it’s my obligation and commitment to this team to carry out those responsibilities.
I’m back tonight as we take on the New Jersey Nets, and I hope to continue bringing you memorable moments on the court and not for my behavior.
Public relations move? Certainly. But one he could mean and try to live up to. We shall see. Larry Brown, for one, is not convinced.
This was expected — and it may happen again.
NBA Vice President Stu Jackson announced that the Charlotte Bobcats Stephen Jackson has been suspended one game for arguing with a referee during Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jackson will sit out Wednesday’s Bobcat game against the Hornets. He previously this season was fined $50,000 by the league for verbal abuse of officials.
Just more than four minutes into Saturday’s game, Jackson drove the lane and thought he was fouled, but there was no call. He trailed behind the play moving back up court to argue with the official about the call and was given two technical and ejected. He earned this ejection, and now the suspension that comes with it.