For Russell Westbrook, good news came down from the league office on Wednesday, they rescinded two technical fouls, dropping Westbrook’s total nine on the season.
The take away of the technicals came from early in the season. The first one rescinded was against Detroit on Nov. 14. Westbrook was given a technical for “being angry” as it was listed on the play-by-play description on the NBA’s media website.
On the replay, Westbrook was fouled and a late whistle caused Westbrook to voice his opinion. He kept talking and was assessed the technical at the time.
The description was simple: “Russell Westbrook receives a technical foul.”
The other one the NBA rescinded was on Dec. 17 against Phoenix. In the play, Westbrook caught body from a Phoenix defender and was mowed over by Devin Booker a second later, it was a late whistle, Westbrook complained and kept complaining, the description is as followed:
“The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook received a technical foul for making direct comments towards an official.”
The league rescinded the technical foul.
That’s a nice little cushion for Westbrook who still leads the league in technical fouls. He has nine. DeMarcus Cousins is second with eight.
Rescinding technical fouls is nothing new in the NBA. The league office reviews every play and so every technical is up for review. Cousins has seen three of his rescinded this season. There have been 341 technical fouls handed out this season and 12 have been rescinded after the fact. So, approximately one out of every 100 are rescinded.
When a player reaches 16 techs, they’re suspended for one-game.
Regular Season Technical Fouls
- 1-5: $2,000 fine each Technical Fouls
- 6-10: $3,000 fine each Technical Fouls
- 11-15: $4,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 12th technical foul)
- Technical Foul 16: $5,000 fine plus one game suspension
- Each Additional Technical Foul: $5,000 fine
- Each Two Additional Technical Fouls (18, 20, 22, etc.): $5,000 fine plus one game suspension
- First Ejection: $2,000 fine
- Each subsequent ejection: Player’s last ejection fine plus $2,000
Oklahoma City is set to take on Charlotte tonight at 6 p.m. on FS Oklahoma.
You can view a list of the top techs here:
* means rescinded by the league
$ means assessed by the league.