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NYKnickFanatic
10-17-2012, 01:44 PM
NBA wants faster start to games


NEW YORK -- 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.


"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."


Over the years, as the elaborate handshakes and other routines have become extended -- for example, Shaquille O'Neal famously created team-wide skits acted out before Phoenix Suns games three seasons ago -- games have routinely taken five minutes or longer to begin after the starting lineups were announced. The NBA is attempting to speed up the start of


"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."

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8515898/nba-puts-pregame-routines-90-second-clock

So do you guys like this idea and think they were getting carried away with the rituals, or do you like seeing them do their rituals?

I personally dont like the idea.

tapajafri
10-17-2012, 01:52 PM
I think it's a good idea. Just get the game started and I think some players do get carried away with their rituals. I don't have a problem with the Lebron chalk throw or anything because that takes a few seconds and gets the home crowd pumped up. Anything within the 90 seconds is fine. But other than that, I don't really care if the rule is enforced or not. If I had to pick a side though, I like the idea more than dislike....but again, doesn't really matter.

mvb815
10-17-2012, 01:58 PM
do like rondo and incorperate your ritual in game

chitownbears89
10-17-2012, 02:04 PM
Trying to squeeze in some more commercials or something?

ManningToTyree
10-17-2012, 02:07 PM
Meh

NYKnickFanatic
10-17-2012, 02:10 PM
Trying to squeeze in some more commercials or something?

Wouldnt be surprised.

8kobe24
10-17-2012, 02:13 PM
stern at his best.

WVNowitzki
10-17-2012, 02:19 PM
Yea, cause we really need to see those ridiculous 30 second hand shakes and Wade doing pull ups on the rim. I like this rule, play the game, save that dumb **** for practice if you really have to do it.

thechom80
10-17-2012, 02:19 PM
Trying to squeeze in some more commercials or something?

This. Personally, I don't care. Some routines are fun. I like what Rondo does.

naps
10-17-2012, 02:23 PM
wtf?! Like someone already said they are spacing some more room for commercials. **** you stern!

jasondrobinson
10-17-2012, 02:27 PM
good.most of those rituals were corny and shouldnt take longer than 90 seconds anyway.

Nycbball08
10-17-2012, 02:28 PM
Basketball is a "game"... Those things come with the territory, it's all in fun... I personally like to see the teams do their dance in the circle, I get a kick out of that... That's awful that the MBA's cutting back on this stuff...

king4day
10-17-2012, 02:41 PM
I didn't realize it wasted time. Never noticed it. The person who mentioned commercials is probably right. If they can fit even just one more in, that's money in the leagues pocket.

PurpleJesus
10-17-2012, 02:49 PM
so dumb.

LOOTERX9
10-17-2012, 02:50 PM
I didn't realize it wasted time. Never noticed it. The person who mentioned commercials is probably right. If they can fit even just one more in, that's money in the leagues pocket.

Exactly, Stern does not like seeing nba players having a little fun before games. I don't know why stern thinks that the pregame rituals are a problem? i've never heard anyone complain bout the pregame rituals. Must be making space for more ad time , instead of 30 second tv spots they can sell 45 second- 60 second ads for more money.

topdog
10-17-2012, 02:54 PM
good.most of those rituals were corny and shouldnt take longer than 90 seconds anyway.

Exactly.

It's not to carve out more time for commercials either. They need to speed up the game a little bit now that they've extended the last 2 minutes of games with additional video reviews.

KB-Pau-DH2012
10-17-2012, 02:56 PM
Thank goodness. NO more kiddy throw up the powder, photo taking or juvenile dumb crap.

This is a grown man's league. Grow the F up!

vandoc
10-17-2012, 02:59 PM
I like the rituals, and some of them can be quite creative. A lot of the NBA's popularity is based on the personalities of the players and this is another way of showcasing that.

KB-Pau-DH2012
10-17-2012, 03:02 PM
I like the rituals, and some of them can be quite creative. A lot of the NBA's popularity is based on the personalities of the players and this is another way of showcasing that.

There are no personalities in the NBA. They are all robots, media friendly, PR politically correct and all goody goody with everyone.


Personalities were way better in the early 2000s and in the Jordan Era.

NYKnickFanatic
10-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Thank goodness. NO more kiddy throw up the powder, photo taking or juvenile dumb crap.

This is a grown man's league. Grow the F up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OWkz2xUvY

KB-Pau-DH2012
10-17-2012, 03:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OWkz2xUvY

Exactly, he's gonna have to stop that ****. Kobe will already be at half court and waiting for Dwight's *** for tipoff. Kobe will grow this kid up before he retires.

sixer04fan
10-17-2012, 03:20 PM
I like it. Enough with the dumb charades. Announce the starting 5, and start the game. It will increase fan intensity at the tip-off.

When you announce the starting lineups and then have the players mess around for a few minutes, sometimes it can kill the atmosphere in the building. No one is there to see the players relaxing/laughing and doing skits.

Slug3
10-17-2012, 03:24 PM
So the NBA wants to have "TV Timeouts", but cut back on this?

KB-Pau-DH2012
10-17-2012, 03:25 PM
I like it. Enough with the dumb charades. Announce the starting 5, and start the game. It will increase fan intensity at the tip-off.

When you announce the starting lineups and then have the players mess around for a few minutes, sometimes it can kill the atmosphere in the building. No one is there to see the players relaxing/laughing and doing skits.

Well said! :clap:

JasonJohnHorn
10-17-2012, 09:24 PM
David Stern is so fawking white.

This is stupid... games never start on time anyways, what difference does two or three minutes make?

They should also have more comedians announce the starting-five like Will Ferrell did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKeNdnWkTC0


lol.... Rose's fav movie is The Notebook.... lol.

beasted86
10-17-2012, 09:33 PM
I don't like it. They could put a limit on it, but I think 90 seconds is a bit excessive.

Players have been doing pregame rituals their entire career and no fans have complained.

mvb815
10-18-2012, 01:26 AM
Exactly, he's gonna have to stop that ****. Kobe will already be at half court and waiting for Dwight's *** for tipoff. Kobe will grow this kid up before he retires.

it'll be hard for dwight to hear kobe from the back seat

LakersA's49ers
10-18-2012, 01:50 AM
Gayyyyyyy. The rituals get you pumped for the game

thechom80
10-18-2012, 02:03 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OWkz2xUvY


Ghey..

xcrisisx
10-18-2012, 05:07 AM
do like rondo and incorperate your ritual in game

mucking around is not a ritual :')

but I agree on the 90 seconds!

TyrionLannister
10-18-2012, 09:41 AM
So the NBA wants to have "TV Timeouts", but cut back on this?

This. They want to REALLY speed up the game?

Get rid of TV timeouts.

Gram
10-18-2012, 10:07 AM
I never had an issue with the length of pregame routines.

torocan
10-18-2012, 10:21 AM
Of all the things they could be working on, pregame routines was a top priority?

Sometimes it feels like they're trying to remove all the character from the game... pre-game, stare downs, taunting... I don't want robots on a basketball court, I want human beings.

Human drama is a key part of why sports are exciting... game rituals give character to a team. It helps give them an identity. Why on earth would they want to tone that down?

JiffyMix88
10-18-2012, 10:30 AM
so this means if there is a 8:00 p.m. game its not going to start at 8:15 but its actually going to start at 8:00 now!?

LongIslandIcedZ
10-18-2012, 10:42 AM
Really not a big deal, at least not to me. NBA is trying to maximize their revenue by cutting out pregame skits. I'm not affected in the slightest.

SteBO
10-18-2012, 10:49 AM
Kinda silly, but this is a non-issue to me.

Heater4life
10-18-2012, 10:58 AM
so this means if there is a 8:00 p.m. game its not going to start at 8:15 but its actually going to start at 8:00 now!?

This^

Do your routine in 90 seconds and play basketball.

MagicBucsSox
10-18-2012, 11:05 AM
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MagicBucsSox
10-18-2012, 11:08 AM
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JasonJohnHorn
10-18-2012, 11:53 AM
The Jew at his best.

:facepalm: Thanks Adolf.

KnickNyKnick
10-18-2012, 12:12 PM
nice now lebron might have to throw the powder alittle faster. might start choking again