the 76ers wrapped up their Tuesday morning practice, they got coached up some
more in one of the back rooms at PCOM. Delaware County native Mark Wunderlich,
an NBA ref for 20 seasons, was showing the Sixers a video from the NBA
concerning the league’s rules changes.
get a first look at those changes tonight, when the Sixers tip off in Orlando
in their preseason opener.
and fines for flopping. The first flop, in an attempt to goad a referee into
making a call, gets a warning. The next brings fines in increments of $5,000 until
the fifth flop, which brings about talk of suspension.
fouls. They’ll be called in real time, then refs will use replay courtside to
determine the degree. A Flagrant 2 carries an ejection.
fouls and goaltending. Replay will be used in the final two minutes of
regulation and all of overtime to determine the appropriate call.
told our guys, ‘Referees are arguably the most-scrutinized people in the NBA.’
Every play, every whistle,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said. “A lot of times,
somebody will get upset when with five seconds to go, a referee will blow a whistle
and the game is already a 20-point game. He’s being evaluated on that call with
five seconds to go and if he doesn’t make it, it’s like, ‘Why didn’t you make
that call? We don’t care what the score is.’ That’s the respect we want to show
believes the lockout played into foul calls last year, saying it prevented
players from getting time to practice under the best circumstances and it took
away in-game practice (preseason games) for referees to get their feet wet. It
led to “slippage” in the calls, according to Collins.
probably won’t be nearly as much leniency this season.
those meetings with the NBA kind of get boring, but I think the ones with the
refs give you a little bit of insight because you’re playing the game and the
team is seeing what they’re seeing through their eyes and what they’re looking
for,” Sixers guard Jason Richardson said. “It gives you an advantage and a
disadvantage. Some of the things that work to your advantage, it’s good, but
the things that work to your disadvantage, you’re like, ‘Oh man, I have to
change my game.’ It’s kind of good to get their insight.”
as for flopping?
not a flopper, so it was nothing to do with me,” Richardson said with a
chuckle. “But that’s a good call for the game because it has gotten out of
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