New rule draws ire

Chalk up several more complaints about the NBA's new stance toward complaining.

The Miami Heat’s LeBron James worries that the league’s plan to call more technical fouls could affect games – even Game 7 of the NBA Finals. And Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, ABC’s analysts on national broadcasts, said they have problems with the new policy. Jackson even believes the NBA might have to back away from it.

“I don’t think that it’s something they’re going to keep in the long run,” Jackson said. “I think it’s a little too harsh, just watching early on.”

Officials have been instructed to call technical fouls when players make an overt gesture, linger too long to debate a call or perform other actions that don’t show proper respect for the game.

“We are emotional players,” James said. “I mean, just imagine you get kicked out of Game 7 of the Finals because of this rule. It wouldn’t be great.”

Van Gundy, a former coach, said the league has good referees who can take care of themselves.

“And I think more free throws is never the answer,” he said.


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