This time of year, the NBA releases new rules and regulations before the season. Some of them get lots of attention (remember the new ball?) but most of them get no run in the media. This year the NBA will be implementing a 90-second limit on all the player introductions and pre-game rituals once the official player introductions are completed.
The players don’t like it and I agree with them. We got some big names coming out against this including Kevin Durant:
“I personally don’t like it,” Durant said of the 90-second rule. “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 like it. 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. Why would you do it? I really don’t agree with it, but I don’t make the rules.”
“Maybe I’ve got to go a little quicker,” Durant said. “I’ve got to make sure I acknowledge all my teammates before I walk out on the floor. That’s just how I am. That’s how we are as a team, guys do their thing, their handshakes. I do the tying (of) the shoes, the praying. I’ve just got to speed it up.”
Count LeBron James against it too:
“I won’t change it, I’ll be able to work it in,” (LeBron) James said. “We’ll figure it out.”
“I’ll have to take something away for sure. I’m always going to make sure I show love to the fans,” (Dwyane) Wade said Wednesday in Miami. “There’s so many rules, I can’t keep up. … There’s no reason to make a big stink. It’s their league, it’s their rules.”
It seems like all NBA teams have different things they do before the games, whether its dapping up their teammates, doing pull-ups on the rim, giving high fives to fans, or doing the Kid-n-Play. The NBA likes to go a little to far on the rules. I hadn’t heard a single fan complaining about players doing too much before the game. If anything, fans like to see this stuff because it adds to the experience of being at the game and getting pumped up. I honestly expect the NBA to not even enforce this come week 3 of the season.