Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  25 responses

Stan Van Gundy (Once Again): Refs Picking on Dwight Howard

For what seems like the millionth time now, SVG went to bat for his big fella through the press, complaining that he doesn’t get the same kind of treatment other superstars around the League do. From FanHouse: “Howard leads the NBA in technical fouls, receiving his 12th of the season Thursday night, leaving him only four away from an automatic suspension. ‘They (officials) are looking for him, no question. They make a call on him and they are looking for his reaction. Other guys get away with stuff. He’s going to have to accept that, they are looking for him. Every one of them (officials),’ Van Gundy said. ‘For other guys, they look away. He’s not going to be treated like everyone else in the league.’ Howard received the first technical of the game Thursday in the first quarter. Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire received his in the second period. Stoudemire is second in the league with 10. Late in the game, both coaches were warned by official James Capers that he was prepared to call a second technical, which would mean an automatic ejection, on both stars. ‘He (Howard) got a technical for yelling ‘damn,’ because he was upset at himself. ‘Damn,’ is a technical but bullshit (which is what Stoudemire said to an official late in the game) is not?’ Van Gundy said. ‘Let me get this straight, damn is a technical but bullshit is okay.’ Howard has been struggling with the issue of technical fouls for the past several years. He finished last season with 15, one short of the suspension. If he hits 16, then every second technical foul afterward will result in another one-game suspension.”

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  • Ganchan

    Firstly, I absolutely hate the techs being called this year for minuscule amounts of complaining. However, SVG and Howard are the biggest whiners/crybabies in the league and even complain when there isn’t a foul. Last night Howard did get screwed, but when you are asking for fouls when there aren’t any you don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Dwight needs to suck it up and adjust or he’s gonna cost himself and his team games. I will say the refs have a quick trigger with him, but at the same time, he cries EVERYTIME things don’t go his way.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Refs do hate on dwight. Its weird

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    suck it up? Sometimes when anyone screws up they react immediately with a word or 2 to themselves. its natural, being a robot is not normal.

    Screw it, keep getting the technicals, take one for the players.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    The refs used to dick ride him soo much. Its strange to see things go other wa7ys.

  • Darrick Weatherby

    SVG ought to be ashamed of the complaint he’s waged on behalf of Dwight Howard…Targeted???…not getting the star treatment???….D-Howard is a modern marvel if I were a big man I’d want his size & stature but lets be real & truthful Dwight Howard is a very dirty player.He’s very calculated with the dirt he dishes.Whether it’s a rebound or going up for a shot as Dwight comes down he spreads his arms and positions his elbows to delibertaely make crushing impact on opposing players below.It looks very inncidental because he’s looking up.That concussion he delivered to Big Baby Davis last year is my case in point.Your man is dirty as hell SVG admit it…!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Notblack: Dwight has never gotten calls. Defenders have always been allowed to muscle and swipe at him but if he touches somebody on the other end, it ends up being a foul. And don’t get me started on how much leeway he gets for techs. If Dwight or Melo say one word, they get a tech but Kobe, Bron, Pierce, and Garnett can do whatever they want without penalty. Way to go NBA.

  • T-Money

    Call the wahmbulance.

  • robb

    He’s absolutely right. If you watched the game yesterday, man it was disgusting. Unfortunately he’s not smart enough to avoid certain situations and make adjustments, but he’s definitely being targeted. And this new rules made by people behind a desktop f***ing suck! you can’t turn players into robots, that’s boring as f***!!!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Many factors here.
    Yes, Dwight gets treated less preferentially than most stars. Definitely less than LeBron, Wade, and Kobe.
    Mostly because he’s bigger and stronger. (Shaqness factor)
    But, he DOES cry the most, even on the slightest and at times, non-existent contact. He especially does this when he’s struggling offensively. I can see how this, over time, might become a patterned behaviour in the eyes of refs.

  • D12FSU

    I was at the game last night, there was a play where Amare was intentionally trying to foul Dwight so he couldnt get a lay up, so he wraps around his waist…Dwight misses, no foul. At what point do you start thinking theres a conspiracy.

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  • JTaylor21

    Child please, Shaq used to get fouled way more harder and refs never called ish but he still went out there and dropped 29/12 without complaining. Seems like you want to be like him so bad but you can’t even do half the stuff he did.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I hate the quick trigger techs as much as the next fan, but lets be clear, there’s a difference between showing emotion, playing with passion, and crying like a gotd@mn baby.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/32JSE Yesse

    Shaq had the same problem in his prime, he didn’t complain. Actually he changed the games rules when it came to charging, because his spin and dunk move was way too powerful.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    D12fsu, I remember that. ……..One example of many.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    anyone who watched the game knows exactly what Stan is talking about, if you didn’t see it please preserve your judgement

  • Joe King

    refs hate on dwight no doubt

  • http://ej! Max

    it’s true, but Dwight sometimes need to shut up.

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  • http://danielh-orlandomagic.blogspot.com/ D12FSU

    Dwight says no more T’s in 2011. I dont thing that will happen, but maybe he wont reach 16…

  • http://danielh-orlandomagic.blogspot.com/ D12FSU


  • flipnoyce

    Dwight like to play physical and use that elbow alot specially after a jump and then he pretends that he doesn’t use that elbow intentionally but when caught by refs he becomes the biggest whiners around. not at all surprised, he should got the name Big Baby, oh wait that Baby would take on a charging bull and not even complain. Dwight’s a joke compare to Shaq on his prime!

  • michael

    nobody in the nba gets screwed more than derrick rose its been a little better lately but this poor kid gets hammered and the refs continue to turn their necks