You’ve seen players complain about the NBA’s new “90 seconds from intros to tip off” rule, saying the fans love their pregame handshake rituals. You’ve seen the media complain that the NBA fun police are out, taking cues from the NFL.
Now you can add a coach to the list of those who don’t like the rule. Doc Rivers came out and said he actually tries to coach in that window and the NBA rule cuts him off. Via CSNNE.com.
“I think they forgot that the coach actually has to draw up a play before the opening (tip),” said Boston’s Doc Rivers. “You usually do that. … I like why we’re doing it. I just think we need to re-think the time. Ninety seconds is not enough. We probably need 30 more seconds or a minute.”
Rivers is right.
My issue with this is the seeming arbitrariness of it. I get the NBA wants to speed up the game — that’s a good intention — but there are a lot of other, more effective ways to attack that. Zach Lowe laid out a series at Grantland. Personally, I like the idea of limiting the number of timeouts a coach can call in the final two minutes of a game, that is where things drag out and where I just want to see the players play. Don’t eliminate them, but what about two timeouts in the final two minutes per team?
Nah, handshake rituals and coaches pregame plans are the real culprits. Not television.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.