Richard Hamilton spoke like he was on death row and a little gallows humor was his only defense mechanism.
No, he’s not worried about being traded. (Insert cliché quote about understanding the NBA is a business and wanting to play for his current team.)
No, Hamilton’s fear comes from the the NBA’s new technical-foul guidelines, which illegalize the slightest whining.
“I do a lot of that,” Hamilton said at today’s Pistons media day.
I think there’s a good chance the new guidelines are an empty gesture, to be called during the preseason and slowly phased out. In a few weeks, they’ll barely be remembered. But if not?
“That puts me at 15 before midseason,” Hamilton said.
I actually like the new guidelines. Players expend too much energy on something that detracts from the game. But it needs to go both ways. Too often, I’ve seen referees act as the instigator in arguments. If the league holds its officials to the same standards, the changes are positive.
Obviously, Hamilton doesn’t see it the same way.
“I don’t know how they’re going to dictate or figure out what’s whining and what’s not,” Hamilton said. “… That’s really hard to call because every play down court, guys are whining.”
Yes, every play Hamilton is in the game.
I’m not blaming Hamilton. He complains to officials with as much rope as they’ll give him. If he hangs himself with this new rule, then I’d have a problem with him.
Hamilton said putting tape over his mouth might be a solution. Then he realized even that might not be enough. The wrong gesture will draw a technical, too.
“Any player that plays with emotions, it’s going be tough,” Hamilton said. “Somebody like Tayshaun, he’ll be cool.”
Yup, these new guidelines won’t hurt the Pistons at all. Not in the slightest.
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