There are many NBA fans out there who have complained that referees are too quick to award technical fouls. Well, Jayson Tatum’s experience on Monday night is arguably the best illustration of this idea. Even the great player for the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, who was watching from the luxury of his own home, was compelled to respond to what some may have seen to be a terrible call.
Here is the play in question to begin with:
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Jayson Tatum got a tech for this?!
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 15, 2022
The great player for the Boston Celtics was called for a foul on forward Aleksej Pokusevski of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the call, it appeared that Tatum was furious with himself and may have said something obscene. The game official was ready to call the tech on Tatum even though it wasn’t in the referee’s direction.
KD saw everything happen and felt compelled to criticize the referee for his dubious choice: The harshest tech Jayson Tatum has received in the NBA in a while was just given to him. KD tweeted, “I’m giggling right now.
To be fair, Kevin Durant isn’t entirely off base with this. You might say that KD’s reaction was justified because that was one of the worst technical fouls I’ve seen in a long time.
Tatum himself was stunned and in a state of shock once the tech was summoned. He certainly did not anticipate that one. The Celtics star will suffer further hurt in this situation because every technical foul also carries an affine.
The original version of this article, titled “Nets star Kevin Durant’s hilarious response to Celtics’ Jayson Tatum receiving the worst technical foul in history.