The NBA has the discretion to go back and look at games to rescind techincal fouls, overturn flagrants or even assess penalties that were missed in games. After getting his 14th technical in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, JohnWall was exasperated about the call that went against him in the third quarter.
Wall was hit with another at the four-minute mark after he was fouled by Frank Kaminsky on a drive. He went to the line a game-high 11 times, but both players were given double technicals for jawing at each other.
According to Wall, what he said didn't warrant the whistle.
"I'm just tired of these BS technical fouls that I'm getting," said Wall, who is allowed one more technical until he has to serve an automatic one-game suspension if he gets to 16. "Not really too much was said. (I) see guys cussing refs out, taking the ball from refs not getting technical fouls. They need to stop playing favoritism to certain players. If you give techs out be consistent both ways with it."
Those comments alone could fetch Wall an additional fine for criticizing game officials, but the NBA isn't as aggressive at doing that under commissioner Adam Silver as it was under David Stern who drew a hard and fast line on these kind of matters.
Wall is tied with Russell Westbrook for the second-most technical fouls this season. DeMarcus Cousins has an NBA-high 18.
Coach Scott Brooks is optimistic that the NBA will rescind the call on review. The Wizards have 13 games left in the regular season and do not carry over to the playoffs.
"I don’t know about this last one. I’m sure the referees felt that they have to control the game because it was getting physical," Brooks said. "I’m sure that one will be wiped away once they look at it."
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Jason Smith has developed a reputation for practically jumping off the bench during timeouts to run on the court and high-five his teammates. That enthusiasm helped win him an award on Friday.
As voted by his peers, Smith was named the best teammate on the Washington Wizards by the NBA Player Association. Every team has one representative.
Smith signed a three-year deal to join the Wizards as a free agent last summer. This past season he was a key contributor off their bench with 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.
Throughout the year, Smith earned praise from his teammates for his positivity and support. John Wall and others made sure to point out little things he did that would have otherwise gone unnoticed, like the fact he didn't complain and wasn't affected negatively by games when he wouldn't get any minutes, including times when his family traveled to watch him play.
Smith talked about that positivity and his philosophy on supporting teammates in a recent episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast. You can listen to the lengthy interview right here:
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Here are five things to know about guard Donald Sloan, who the Wizards reached agreement with on a one-year deal on Thursday…
*A 6-3 combo guard, Sloan was out of the NBA last season. He played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China. There Sloan played with former Duke star Carlos Boozer and former Wizards forward Yi Jianlian.
*Sloan last appeared in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets. He played 61 games for them in 2015-16, averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He shot 44 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three. Both were career-highs.
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*The Wizards are Sloan's seventh NBA team as he approaches his sixth NBA season. He also spent time with the Hawks, Pelicans (then the Hornets), Cavaliers and Pacers before joining the Nets. He played two years in Indiana along with Wizards big man Ian Mahinmi. In Brooklyn he played with Wizards forward Chris McCullough.
*Sloan has been all over the place as a professional basketball player. He has spent time with three different G-League teams. In 2011, he played for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippines.
*Sloan played his college ball at Texas A&M. He was recruited by Billy Gillespie, but played three of his four seasons under current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. In 2007-08, Sloan played under Turgeon and alongside NBA star DeAndre Jordan.
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