Word on the Street

Rasheed Wallace Rule (ruh-sheed’ wah’-luhs rool) noun. The informal name for the new NBA-mandated guidelines for technical fouls related to “overt” player reactions to referee calls.

According to ESPN‘s Henry Abbott, referees have been instructed to call a technical for:

Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.

Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.

Running directly at an official to complain about a call.

Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.

Refs can also consider dropping the T-Bomb on players who “use body language to question or demonstrate displeasure” and “take the long path to the official” (that is, walking across the court to make their case). Just guessing here, but I bet laughing at calls is also off limits.

Usage example:Did ‘Sheed know The Rasheed Wallace Rule was going into effect this season? Maybe that’s why he decided to hang up his jock.”

Word History: At TrueHoop, Abbott noted that a similar set of rules were implemented prior to the 2006-07 season. (I called those guidelines “The Rasheed Wallace Rule” even back then.) After a very short enforcement period, those rules were forgotten almost as thoroughly as Pauly Shore’s entire misbegotten career.

So the big question is: Will they stick around this time? I doubt it. But if they do, we may never see another technical quite like this:

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‘Sheed responds to the new Rasheed Wallace Rule.

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Labels: Rasheed Wallace (Sheed) / 2006-07 NBA Season / NBA / Word on the Street

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