Posted November 12, 2013

Video: Lance Stephenson gets technical foul for waving ball in Tony Allen’s face

Ben Golliver, Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson, Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Allen

If you’re partial to sprinkling your everyday conversations with a “Back in my day, the NBA wasn’t so soft,” you’ve come to the right place.

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson received a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct after he waved the basketball in the face of Grizzlies guard Tony Allen during Indiana’s 95-79 home win on Monday.

With a little more than four minutes remaining in the second quarter, Stephenson received a handoff well outside the three-point line. As Allen looked around to survey the play behind him, Stephenson palmed the ball with his right hand and pushed it towards Allen’s head before retracting it when Allen swiped at it. Although no contact was made between ball and head, Stephenson was whistled for a technical foul by referee Josh Tiven, who was standing just a few feet away.

Under Rule No. 12, Section 5, Item D of the NBA’s Rule Book, a technical foul can be assessed for all sorts of “unsportsmanlike” conduct violations, including: Disrespectfully addressing an official; Physically contacting an official; Overt actions indicating resentment to a call; Use of profanity; A coach entering onto the court without permission of an official; A deliberately-thrown elbow or any attempted physical act with no con-tact involved; and Taunting. Presumably, Stephenson’s action falls in the “taunting” category.

Stephenson shook off the unusual call to finish with 13 points (on 5-for-11 shooting), 12 assists and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes, marking the first triple-double of his four-year career.

Michael Jordan’s ball fakes just rolled over in their grave.

Indiana improved to 8-0 with the win; Memphis dropped to 3-4 with the loss.

Top video via YouTube user NBAShowtimeHD5 | Bottom video via YouTube user TheChicagoNation

4 comments
dieselstrasse
dieselstrasse

Agree with all previous comments @Derric_R1 @me1 @Dayo. Either Ben has clear visual problems or an Indiana homer. Lance Stephenson is trying to project that he is one tough guy when in reality he's not. I remember when he did the choking sign on LBJ but has not backed it up until now by eliminating the Heat in the playoffs. It even backfired on him with the Dexter Pittman hit. Moral: Be careful what you wish for or as Dexter P. would put it, "Who's choking now?".

Derrick_R1
Derrick_R1

Ben, you are one stupid writer to compare lance's antics with jordan...


you don't even know how to distinguish a clear ball fake towards the rim against a ball fake towards an opponent's face which warrants a technical for TAUNTING.... SMH


me1
me1

Every one of MJ's fakes were toward the basket...not parallel to the floor into the face of the defender. Big difference.

Dayo
Dayo

Michael Jordan's were all CLEARLY ball fakes. Stop misrepresenting facts pls... smh