NBA's Zebra Hunting: 10 Players Most Likely To Be Suspended for Ref Abuse

Jeff HicksCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2010

NBA's Zebra Hunting: 10 Players Most Likely To Be Suspended for Ref Abuse

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts as he walks off the floor as the Bobcats fall to the San Antonio Spurs 95-91 at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 8, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    My, oh my, has the 'new' NBA made life rough for the players...and referees.

    Not only has there been a slight uptick in technical fouls called by refs, but the verbal abuse received by them has increased. The idea that keeping players quiet while playing an emotional game was a poor decision, but it has already led to ugly, and unnecessary confrontations.

    The notable exchange came from known emotionally charged guard/forward Stephen Jackson, who earned a one game suspension after a two technical foul, verbal beat down during a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Jackson is more than likely not the only person to see a suspension, here are ten more who are likely to take Jackson's path to the locker room.

Dwight Howard- Orlando Margic

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 29:  Center Dwight Howard #12  of the Orlando Magic dunks against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on October 29, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this
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    Superman is already sporting six techs, and his emotional play will easily land him more.

    With opponents' game plans involving beating Howard into the ground, a tirade may be around the corner for the Orlando superstar.

Carmelo Anthony- Denver Nuggets

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    Speaking of superstars with anger issues....

    Melo is not playing very happy ball currently, and is matching Howard with six capital T's.

Joakim Noah- Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 01: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic at the United Center on December 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Magic defeated the Bulls 107-78. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Noah is no longer a hidden gem, and teams are starting to throw some bows to get under his skin. His emotion is a gift and a curse.

    A recent trip to the U.C. included a first person account of him getting angry due to some very questionable calls.

    The refs are T-ing up players for less than what Noah has shown so far.

Zach Randolph- Memphis Grizzlies

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    BOSTON - MARCH 10:  Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies heads for the net as Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics defends on March 10, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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    You can take the dog out of the fight, but not the fight out of the dog.

    Randolph is starting to get cranky again, and no one likes a cranky baby that weighs 250 lbs.-plus.

Amar'e Stoudemire- New York Knicks

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks on the court against the New Jersey Nets on November 30, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and
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    Five technical fouls to this point, and a temper that has not changed since coming into the league should put Stoudemire on suspension watch.

    The last thing the hot Knicks need is their best player on the bench for spitting words.

Kevin Garnett- Boston Celtics

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    BOSTON - DECEMBER 01:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts after his basket in fourth quarter against the Portland Trailblazers on December 1, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Trailblazers 99-95. NOTE TO U
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    KG's mouth has already earned him haters for his cancer-based comments towards Detroit Piston forward Charlie Villanueva.

    Do you think he has not had a few (bad) words with refs in his career?

    A cranky Garnett could easily earn a game in a suit and tie.

Blake Griffin- Los Angeles Clippers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to his dunk in front of DeJuan Blair #45 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on December 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER:
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    The rookie stud's energy can lead to three things:

    1) A monster dunkface

    2) An injury

    3) A bad impression from a ref

Brad Miller- Houston Rockets

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    Miller has an underrated mean streak that has a tendency to flare up.

    If there is a darkhorse for a ref-based suspension, put your money on Miller.

Raja Bell- Utah Jazz

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    Bell has a bad streak and is known for unleashing on players (and refs) when things do not go his way.

Ron Artest- Los Angeles Lakers

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    Do you really need an explanation?