Will David Stern’s emotional lockdown ultimately take away from players’ games? From the Orlando Sentinel: “Indeed, Howard made an oath this year to behave himself toward the referees. The NBA’s plan to crack down on technicals has been carried out, and Howard is gaining technicals at a quicker rate than last season. The thing is, though, Howard is doing his best to be good. And he’s still getting technicals. He has five through eight games. The 16th tech is a one-game suspension, as is the 18th, 20th, 22nd, etc. ‘I don’t know what to do,’ he said. ‘I just gotta try to not say anything ever. Just hold my emotions in. I don’t know.’”