Taunting is something that has been around sports for a very long time and all the professional leagues are trying to find ways to prevent it from being a frequent thing. The NFL has 15-yard penalties for it and the NBA has technical fouls. Last night’s taunt from Jeff Green after his dunk was something that I think should have been OK.
As you can see from the video, Green had a thunderous dunk on Al Jefferson. As Green went back on defense, he stared at Jefferson very briefly and that in the officials mind was worth a technical foul.
I’m not sure this is the kind of taunting that warrants a technical. It’s not like Green pointed at Jefferson like Shawn Kemp, or even Dikembe Mutombo’s finger wag. Heck, it wasn’t even Scottie Pippen level.