Stoudemire’s 16th technical could mean suspension

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has picked up his 16th technical

foul, which would mean an automatic one-game suspension if its


Stoudemire and Mavericks center Brendan Haywood received

offsetting technicals during the second quarter Thursday night. It

was such an innocuous confrontation that both players came away

laughing, baffled by the call from official Bennett Salvatore.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t find it so funny, apparently

because he understood the ramification. His griping drew another

technical foul.

The only way Stoudemire can avoid the punishment is if the

league rescinds the technical. He’s had two others rescinded this