Bell did get some good news Friday. The NBA rescinded his second technical foul Tuesday night in Denver — where he was ejected for laughing by referee Kevin Fehr. There is no word on whether Fehr was fined or disciplined in any way by the league.
The NBA cancelled that second tech - which had lead to Raja being automatically ejected for most of the 2nd half in the close loss against Denver. If you recall, he was laughing, just as Duncan had done in a game last season - the last time the league took action on a referee pulling this stuff off, they suspended him.
You could certainly make a good argument for it costing us the game, but that's not my point.
It's all good to suspend or fine refs after the call, but it doesn't do jacksh*t for the team which the call adversely affected. What if a team like Golden State misses the playoffs because of something like this? The NBA needs a better system for dealing with this kind of stuff and preventing it from affecting the outcome of games. Maybe more emphasis on training for referees to keep their cool, and thus their judgment as unimpaired as possible? I don't know, it's definitely very difficult to manage because after all, referees are human beings too.
But what's easy to see is that the implications can be very significant, especially with how tight the West playoff race is. Here's hoping it doesn't affect another game of ours.
And congrats to Raja for saving $1000 :)