As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced.
Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq thought both sides were pushing and only he was getting called on it.
So he called it like he saw it after the game.
“I guess they (fans) come out to see No. 26 play (referee Bob Delaney wears 26). He was a great player out there today,” O’Neal said. “They paid all that money to see No. 26 come play. My thing is, if you’re going to call it, call it the same way every time. Don’t pick and choose who you are going to call it against.”
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.