December 12, 2008
With about four seconds left in Tuesday's New York/Chicago game, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro tried his best to distract Quentin Richardson's late three-point shot by screaming in his ear. It didn't work. Q nailed the shot. But at least someone got rid of their godforsaken hiccups.
BDL reader Sung wonders if Vinny's scream was a little bush league, and I'd have to say yes. It's one thing for opposing players to hoot and holler from the bench, but coaches too? That's weak-sauce, VDN.
But here's a better question: was it illegal?
It's tough to say, but again I go with yes. The NBA rule book — via Blog-a-Bull, who also have a great discussion going on about this — states that "a technical foul(s) may be assessed to any player on the court or anyone seated on the bench for conduct which, in the opinion of an official, is detrimental to the game."
Stepping out onto the court to scream in a opposing player's ear? That seems "detrimental" enough to me.
But hey, what do you think? Let's hear your thoughts. Scream if you have to.