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Richard Hamilton spooked by NBA’s new technical foul guidelines

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.”

(UPI Photo/Scott R. Galvin)

Yup, these new guidelines won’t hurt the Pistons at all. Not in the slightest.


  • Sep 27, 201011:01 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Rip responding to that question was probably the most candid moment of media day. Hamilton was actually most upbeat of all the available players.

  • Sep 28, 20102:11 am
    by Laser


    bwahahahaha. i love it.
    personally, the most candid thing i saw was when they asked tayshaun if he was excited about t-mac coming to the team, and he hemmed and hawed and made it about as clear as humanly possible (without saying it explicitly) that he was NOT excited at all. that was the closest to an honest, negative moment i’ve seen out of this team since rip was bitching about coming off the bench. i sincerely appreciated a piston who wasn’t just saying “the right thing.”

  • Sep 28, 20102:35 am
    by Patrick Hayes



    I’m going to have a post on that tomorrow. It wasn’t just Prince. McGrady was a strange topic. He himself said he hadn’t really spoken with anyone on the team before signing, and Ben Gordon was the only guy who really went out of his way to praise T-Mac’s career and accomplishments.

    No one was what I would call negative about him, but you could tell, particularly with Hamilton and Prince, that they know McGrady isn’t going to be satisfied as a bench player as long as he’s healthy again.

  • Sep 28, 20105:57 pm
    by detroitpcb


    and if he is healthy again, he should not be a bench player.

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