Oct 18, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT
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.)
- LeBron scores 36, Cavaliers bounce back to get overtime win over Bulls 4
- Ricky Rubio agrees to 4-year, $55 million contract extension with Timberwolves 6
- Report: Warriors agree to four-year, $70 million extension with Klay Thompson 13
- Can Thunder, without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, overcome their first identity crisis? 13
- Jazz guard Alec Burks signs contract extension worth $42 million-$45 million 11
- Thursday night NBA Winners/Losers: The injury gods show Thunder no mercy 12
- No Durant, Westbrook goes down, Thunder still make it interesting but fall to Clippers 2
- Thunder’s Russell Westbrook fractures hand, likely out 4-6 weeks 10