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A huge concern in the game right now is the consistency in the officiating. Today's officials are about as consistent as an octogenarian with IBS on a high fiber diet.
Last year, the NBA started to “crack down” on players who were excessively demonstrative towards officials or towards one another.
Part of the joy of watching the game is watching the players invested in what they’re doing. I like seeing emotion. Admittedly, there’s a point where they go too far, but for some, the line is being drawn closer and closer to the point of an expectation of mechanical behavior by the officials.
Ironically, this is borne out of the notion that it’s bad for ratings to see players spend the entire game griping to the officials about this call and that call. That is true, too.
The problem isn't so much about whether any one thing should be called a technical, it's the lack of consistency in what is called a technical.
Officials are inconsistent in how they make these calls and it can be frustrating both to players and to fans. One player can get called for a technical for blinking too hard and then another yells at an official for five minutes without a protest.
The same inconsistency exists with personal fouls.
They can call a play a block on one end of the court and seemingly the exact same play on the other end of the court is a charge.
Fans need to feel that officials are consistent and that no players or teams are getting preferential treatment. No sport has more judgment involved in calls or officials who can do more to determine the outcome of a game.
Officials can affect the outcome of a game if they are inconsistent, and when they are, it’s easy for fans to think they are trying to do just that, especially because it’s happened before.
David Stern worries way too much about the official getting criticized publicly by players or coaches and way too little about whether they should be. The appearance of impropriety shouldn't be a greater concern than actual impropriety.