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Why Is Kevin Durant Getting So Many Technical Fouls This Year?

Submitted by on February 7, 2013 – 10:23 amNo Comment

Remember when Kevin Durant was known as a “nice” guy around the NBA? Unlike other players, he smiled. He laughed. He joked around. He had fun on Twitter. And, just by looking at him, you used to be able to tell that he was a “nice” guy. But, ever since he started doing his “KD Is Not Nice” campaign for Nike, it seems like KD has turned into a different person. He’s regularly seen cursing on the court during games (his grandmother even asked him to stop doing it in a text message that he posted to Instagram a few weeks ago). He’s picked up more than a few technicals fouls this season (in fact, he’s tied for the league lead right now!). And, he even got ejected from his first game last month. So, what gives? Why is KD suddenly not so “nice” anymore? He’s says there’s a simple answer to that.

“I just got to shut up,” he said after a game earlier this week. “I’m racking ‘em up, man. Sometimes I get too excited and voice my opinion when I shouldn’t. I just got to shut up and play the game.”

True. Because, KD is starting to find something out: When you start to gain a reputation for getting technical fouls, that reputation can get you into trouble.

“I shouldn’t have got a tech [the other night],” he said. “I just went up and talked to [the referee] and he got me one. But that goes back to the ones I’ve gotten before. I guess they watch and they’re looking for them now. I just got to shut up and play my game and just fight through it.”

Sounds about right. But, we also don’t want KD to lose the edge he has right now. While him getting into arguments with referees isn’t going to do much for his reputation, it’s showing his teammates and coaches how invested he is in every game. It’s proving that he wants to win—badly—and that he’s taking every single possession seriously. He was doing the same thing in past years. But, by being more vocal about it, it makes him appear like even more of a leader.

We’re not saying that KD needs to turn into the next Metta World Peace or DeMarcus Cousins. The guy does need to relax just a little and not let every bad call get to him. But, at the same time, it’s not the worst thing in the world when he gets fired up on the basketball court. As long as he doesn’t make it a habit, him getting more technical fouls could actually be a great thing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. So, go ahead, KD. No more Mr. Nice Guy!

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