MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra was genuinely surprised when hearing he now leads all NBA coaches in technical fouls.
“Do I really? No way.”
Spoelstra picked up his sixth of the season in Miami’s 111-104 victory over Detroit on Wednesday, although this was not your garden variety type of technical foul. The 10th year coach was whistled for “interference” when he touched a ball that came rolling toward him while he was on the floor, a place where Spoelstra spends a lot of time during a game. The ball was mishandled by the Heat in the frontcourt and rolled into the backcourt for a violation.
And Spoelstra was not proud of this technical.
“Tonight’s was embarrassing,” Spoelstra said. “That was just stupid. I was looking at the clock and I just had one of those brain you-know-what. I was waiting for the horn, then I got frustrated and I just picked it up. I thought it was going to be after the horn and it wasn’t.
“That should be a double payment for me. Obviously, I’m going to have to pay for that and I’ll probably owe the team for being stupid.”
Spoelstra’s technical broke a tie with the Lakers’ Luke Walton. Spoelstra now is within one of his entire 2016-17 total of seven technicals. He has been $10,000 for the first five technicals and this would be an additional $3,000 if it is not rescinded.
Spoelstra also has two more technicals than all of his players combined. Goran Dragic has picked up two and Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters and Bam Adebayo one each. Waiters was whistled for a second technical foul early in the season that was rescinded.