10 Ways to Get a Technical Foul in the NBA That You Didn't Know About

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterDecember 26, 2012

10 Ways to Get a Technical Foul in the NBA That You Didn't Know About

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    If you hated referees before this post, you'll most likely continue hating them after it.

    The NBA rulebook doesn't have a specific set of guidelines created to distinguish a no-call from a technical foul. There's a lot of gray mixed between the black and white areas.

    I'm here to dissect the gray area.

    A special thanks to Rasheed Wallace, Aaron Brooks, Nate Robinson and Rasheed Wallace again for helping us bring clarity to the rulebook.

Admitting to a Foul

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    When you think Nate Robinson, you think guilty. You hear a technical foul called on Nate, and you just assume he told a "Yo Mama" joke or something to the ref.

    But not on this particular day against Miami.

    Robinson gets called for a foul, shrugs in disappointment and raises his hand to admit to the foul—maybe for the first time in his career.

    And his reward for taking accountability—a technical foul.

    Don't complain when there's a foul called, but don't admit to one either.

Hitting a Player in the Arm with Your Face

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    I bet you didn't know you could get called for a technical for being the recipient of an arm to the face.

    John Lucas found this out the hard way, when Kyrie Irving pushed off his head to create separation. Lucas' face must have been too aggressive, so he was called with the technical foul.

    Moral of the story: Don't hit opposing guards in the arm with your face.

Butt-Slapping

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    There is no question this is the greatest double-technical of all time.

    After Grant Hill gives Reggie Evans a gentle butt-tap of appreciation, Reggie Evans responds with a butt-slap, a more physical form of the traditional tap.

    Apparently, Hill didn't appreciate the force of the return-butt-slap, so he retaliated with a more violent butt-slap of his own.

    Before you knew it, we were in the middle of an all-out butt-slapping war, and Hill and Evans were sent to the locker room.

BALL DON'T LIE

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    This was enjoyable, even if you were a Knick fan.

    After Rasheed Wallace received a first technical foul, Goran Dragic stepped to the line for his free throw. He missed, and Sheed noticed.

    "Ball don't lie," he screamed before picking up his second technical in the first quarter of a matinee game. 

    If players deserve a tech for every time they scream in frustration, Brian Scalabrine would have had a lot more playing time in his day.

    This phrase has actually started to stick with the team. Days later, the fans inside Madison Square Garden would chant "ball don't lie" when opposing teams missed free throws.

Laughing

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    Joey Crawford and Tim Duncan taught us that laughing is now a punishable offense.

    Crawford, who sometimes forgets his name isn't on the ticket, gave mild-mannered Duncan a technical while he was sitting on the bench. What was said was unclear, but what followed afterwards was.

    Duncan began to laugh, and continued to laugh from the bench while the game was going on. And then he was tossed for having too much fun, after Crawford gave him another tech.

    I'd be surprised if we ever see a "laughing T" again, but this just proves that they exist.

Grabbing Your Private Parts

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    You might want to fast-forward to the 1:10 mark. Then again you might not.

    I'm still not sure whether Aaron Brooks was being classless, or he actually had an itch. Either way it's not something you see every day, regardless of its intention.

    Maybe one day this will be added to the rulebook: "No touching your private parts during a game."

Touching Your Own Elbow

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    Refs don't want to hear a player's opinion. If it were up to them, they'd officiate the game listening to Billy Joel through their iPods.

    They don't even want to see you touch the part of your body you think you were hit. Kyle Korver got a technical foul for pointing to his elbow.

    I didn't know it was possible to get a tech for this, so let's all thank Kyle for clearing that up.

Putting Two Hands on a the Ref

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    Actually, I'm pretty sure you knew that this was a way to get a technical foul.

    Hedo Turkoglu must have literally forgotten where he was. Running over to plead his point, Turkoglu grabs the ref's left and right shoulders.

    If you didn't know that grabbing the ref was a technical, you probably need a refresher class in basketball.

    Hedo seemed surprised by this call, which is funny in itself.

Kicking and Punting

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    Tracy McGrady won the NBA's special teams player of the week, kicking a field goal and pinning the opposition inside the five within one minute of each other.

    You don't see too many players these days with the courage to launch a ball into the stands—twice.

    I can remember Larry Brown doing this as the coach of the Pacers, but the double-kick ejection is a pretty rare feat.

Staring

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    This might be the most memorable of Rasheed Wallace's many, many technical fouls.

    It came during the Western Conference Finals in 2000.

    Rasheed was grilling Ron Garretson, and practically burned a hole right through him without opening up his mouth. Within seconds, Wallace was tossed from the game for attempting to intimidate a referee.

    Garretson seemed shook, as if he was just about to get beaten up by a 6'10'' raging lunatic.

    All around it made for a unique and informative moment in technical foul history.