NBA rule enforcement could limit players' pre-game rituals
In the video above, released in July, the NBA was promoting the players' pre-game rituals from the 2011-2012 season. However, the league seemingly has changed its tune, and will be looking to crack down upon pre-game rituals this season.
According to ESPN, the NBA will be more heavily enforcing its 90 second rule this year, where players only have a minute and a half between the end of introductions before and tip-off. The reasoning behind this seems to be to deter athletes from doing their pre-game rituals, which have become a popular part of the game for both players and fans:
The NBA is taking steps to cut down on pregame handshakes and rituals
that have become popular with players in recent years. Starting this
season, as soon as player introductions are finished, there will be 90
seconds put on the game clock, and teams will be expected to be ready
for tipoff after that time.
Players have been advised of the initiative during the annual meetings
with referees in the preseason as part of the league's "points of
"There's a 90-second countdown, it is placed on the clock," NBA
spokesman Tim Frank said. "At 30 seconds, there's a warning horn and
alert by the refs. At the end, teams need to be ready to tip off or face
a delay-of-game warning."
Two delay-of-game warnings would result in a technical foul.
Even Kevin Durant, who is usually a fairly soft-spoken individual, has spoken out against the 90-second rule enforcement:
"I personally don't like it," Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant
told The Oklahoman. "Every player in this league has routines they do
with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they
walk on the floor. The fans enjoy it. You see the fans mimicking the
guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don't
make no sense."
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