Imagine the outcry if a player took a few extra warm-up shots during the American national anthem.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade got in a few shots once the Canadian national anthem had started before Game 3 between the Heat and the Raptors. That is a violation of the NBA rules. If he had taken one shot, realized he was late and walked over to the line of players standing for the anthem it would be one thing, but he just keeps on shooting. Here is the video, or follow this link to a better version (hat tip Reddit).
The start of the anthem seems to come fast before the teams are ready, the Raptors were just finishing shooting too, but if you watch the video they quickly stop and get in the line. Wade kept firing away. I don’t think he was being intentionally disrespectful, but it comes off that way.
My guess is the league’s reaction to this will be to send a memo to teams telling them to remind players to be respectful of the anthem. My guess is the reaction would be very different if he did this during the American national anthem. Just ask Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
Wade, you can do better.