When David Stern puts in a new rule because television executives tell him to shorten games he is not messing around.
Wednesday night’s Kings/Warriors games started with the Kings getting a delay of game warning for not being ready for tip-off 90 seconds after the intro ended because the players were still going through their pregame routines.
Gary Gerould on the radio broadcast mentioned during the first timeout that the rule had been explained to media row and that the official had indicated he did assess Sacramento a delay of game warning for a too-long handshake period. I personally blame Isaiah Thomas, a strong young leader who insists on talking up each of his teammates before going into battle for two hours. How dare he.
That was not the first in the league, apparently Boston earned one Saturday reports ESPNBoston.com. Apparently Kevin Garnett’s conversations with the goalpost took to long. And lord knows that is far worse for the sport than having eight timeouts in the final two minutes of the game. (Reread that last sentence sarcastically.)