- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MIAMI (AP) - The whistle blew and Heat forward Chris Bosh immediately raised his arms skyward, his way of telling referee Dick Bavetta that he didn’t foul anybody.

As far as outbursts go, it was weak.

Nonetheless, it’ll cost Bosh $2,000.

It’s a scene that’s been repeated around the league throughout this preseason plenty of times _ way too much for the liking of the NBA players association _ and will likely continue when games start counting next week. Stepping toward refs, being demonstrative, even punching the air, it all falls under a newly emphasized respect-the-game umbrella that’s led to a surge in technical fouls league-wide.


“The emotion of the game can never be taken out of the game of basketball,” two-time reigning MVP LeBron James said Monday night. “And that’s when the fans, that’s when the real guys, and the people who are watching and who know the game of basketball will know there’s a problem with the game.

“This game has always been built on emotion,” James added. “And if we try to take that out of the game, the fans won’t like it as much. And without the fans, there’s no game.”

Bosh could only smile after getting his technical. Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson had an incredulous look on his face after he drew a technical moments earlier in the same game Monday night, unsure why he was called for traveling.

So Jackson ran to referee Rodney Mott, an absolute no-no by league decree this season.

“We’ve all got to make adjustments,” Jackson said. “It’s just something I’ve got to deal with. Everybody always says, `Well, they’ve got a target on you.’ It’s part of the game. I’ve just got to be smarter about what I say and what calls I want to talk about.”

Technically, the rules aren’t changing much.

The way they’re being enforced seems like the bigger change.

“I could understand if somebody was yelling, cursing, saying inappropriate things, OK, that’s the reason for a technical,” Bosh said. “They’re very quick to ‘T’ guys up. And I don’t want to give my money away. All I wanted to know is, I wanted to talk about the call. And that was it. And his main emphasis was, put your hands down.”

Never mind that the fine _ which went up this season _ will cost Bosh 0.000138 percent of his $14.5 million salary.

To Bosh, the bigger point was that he didn’t say anything inappropriate to Bavetta, and since he maintained his cool, he wondered why that would have prompted a second whistle.

“I’ve seen a couple of my teammates get technicals for, I’m not going to say nothing,” James said, “but really nothing.”

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