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Kobe Bryant's latest technical foul rescinded by NBA

February 26, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Kobe Bryant has 13 technical fouls this season; three more and he would face a one-game suspension.
Kobe Bryant has 13 technical fouls this season; three more and he would face… (David Zalubowski / Associated…)

The NBA rescinded Kobe Bryant's technical foul from Monday's game against Denver, giving him slightly more wiggle room in avoiding a suspension.

Bryant now has 13 technical fouls this season; if he were to get to 16, he'd be suspended one game.

Bryant was hit with his latest technical after missing a half-court heave to end the second quarter Monday in the Lakers' 119-108 loss.

Bryant claimed it should have been rescinded, adding that he even spoke to referee Joe Crawford about it before the third quarter began.

"Joe didn't know what was going on. Me and a ref were having just a simple conversation and he kind of jumped the gun," Bryant said Monday.

Just the same, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Bryant needed to control himself.

"We can't afford to lose him for a game. Not like that," he said.

Bryant's technical foul count resets to zero if the Lakers make playoffs.

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