Kings' Williamson has 'no tolerance' for new rule
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Now in his 12th season, Corliss Williamson has seen a number of changes in the NBA in everything from fashion to rules on the court.
But one of the most controversial among players has been the "No Tolerance Rule," which gives referees the power to whistle immediate technical fouls on players who curse or merely express gestures of disappointment over a call.
Williamson admits he's experienced his share of flare-ups with NBA officials over the years. But he feels like the current rule has gone way too far in an attempt to eliminate what had become excessive whining by players and coaches.
"I don't like it. Basketball is an emotional game; guys are always going to express their thoughts about calls," said Williamson, who has one of the Kings' 10 technicals through nine games. "There are times you are going to disagree. You shouldn't get a "T" for nit-picky things."
It didn't take long for the Kings to realize that referees would adhere to "No Tolerance."
In their opener at Minnesota, Maurice Taylor was angrily heading to the locker room after he was ejected following his second technical when he was joined by teammate Mike Bibby, who also got ejected.
Through the first 10 days this season, there were 70 technicals and five ejections. A year ago there were 26 technicals and one ejection in the first 10 games.
"It's the 'Respect for the Game' rule," NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre told the Dallas Star-Telegram. "We're not saying players can't be emotional. They can express displeasure with the calls as long as it's done in a respectful manner."
Ron Artest is another player who says more "tolerance" needs to be practiced among the officials.
Yet Artest says he's never been too worried about technical fouls. His biggest problem over the years has been getting whistled for flagrant fouls.
"I have never really had a problem with the referees," Artest said. "I think the league is trying to change the face of the NBA -- that's how they want to run their business. Maybe they should rename it, call it something like the new 'soft' NBA."
HAPPY HOMECOMING: Manteca and Sacramento are separated by nearly 70 miles, but Scott Brooks still feels like becoming a Kings coach is a homecoming.
"I know my Mom is out of her mind, she is so excited about this," the Manteca native said this summer after becoming new head coach Eric Musselman's top assistant. "I have a big family and a lot of friends. I'm thrilled to be joining the Kings."
Lee Brooks is very happy her basketball-vagabond son, who played for seven teams in his 11 NBA seasons and has coached in several other cities, is finally close to home.
Yet she still hasn't made a trip to Arco Arena yet.
"My mom is 73, she would rather watch the games at home on TV," Brooks said last week. "But we'll get her up here soon."
An East Union High School standout who later starred at UC Irvine, Brooks understood his homecoming would mean plenty of ticket requests. With three brothers and three sisters, he said family is the first priority.
"I told my friends to give me a month or two -- right now, I'm taking care of my family's ticket requests," he said.
A BASKET TO SAVOR: It's generally regarded as garbage time, but don't try telling Kings rookie Quincy Douby his basket in the final minute of a 117-105 loss last week to Golden State was meaningless.
A base line floater by the Kings' first round draft pick from Rutgers happened to be his first shot and the first basket of his NBA career.
"It felt good to finally get a point in the regular season," Douby said. "It would have felt better if we had won. Now when I get out there, I can just let the game come to me because I already scored a point in the NBA."
NOTES: After allowing less than 100 points in five of their first six games, the Kings have given up an average of 112 points over the last three. ... Despite the absence of injured center Brad Miller, Taylor hasn't played in five straight games. ... The Kings have played only two teams with over .500 records and lost to both (Golden State, San Antonio). ... Kevin Martin is shooting 53 percent and averaging 23.7 points a game.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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