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October 11, 2006

A tough workout before the day off.: Or "NBA rule changes for the new season." (from truehoop via kottke.org)

posted by worldcup2002 to basketball at 12:46 AM - 10 comments

That is a lot of micro-managing by the NBA. I thought it was kind of odd to not allow players to wear the sweatbands on various locations of their bodies, I would have assumed that the people in charge of merchandise might be upset at the possible decline in sells. They must have already calculated that the losses would be minimal. I wonder who is responsible for initiating all of the nit-picking like tucking in the jersey's before coming to the scorer's table.

posted by mcgriff67 at 11:17 AM on October 11

I thought it was kind of odd to not allow players to wear the sweatbands on various locations of their bodies My sentiments exactly. The NBA should spend more time worrying about its product then its "gangsta" image. I've noticed recently the forearm sweatband has become the accessory of choice in the Chicagoland area amongst seemingly every group of people. Why bother with it?

posted by timdawg at 11:26 AM on October 11

I think it's a bunch of crap what David Stern is doing to the game of basketball. For one; the whole dress code is BS. For the Commissioner to try and dictate what and how a person should dress before and after a game is absurd. What gives him the right to tell someone that may or may not want to dress casual to dress that way? Just because he's the commissioner? Secondly, to try and change the basketball after all these years is ridiculous. The players are the ones using the ball in the first place so shouldn't he had at the very least asked them if they felt a change was needed with the ball? People may argue the fact that every other sport has changed their ball one way or another but not one of those other sports does every player touch the ball. The basketball is distributed to every player on the court in just about every play. To have players like Shaquille O'Neill and the reigning MVP Steve Nash both say that they don't like the new ball, I think people should sit back and actually listen to what they have to say. These two are perfect example since they are both, two respected veterans of their sport but there are people out there that make it seem as if their opinions don't or shouldn't even matter. Like the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, why fix it?"

posted by BornIcon at 11:36 AM on October 11

Well, travelling was broke, so I'm glad they're making noises towards fixing it. Whether or not it sticks is another issue entirely.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:53 AM on October 11

Yeah, but that's a rule that's part of the game. How does a player dressing reflect on how they play on the court? Or a player complaining to an official after a foul? Now there's talk of players recieving a technical foul if they so happen to disagree with a call. And what about the ball...was there a problem with the way the basketball was bouncing? I can go on & on but the way the things are looking, it seems as if the game we all know and love will be going thru an extreme makeover.

posted by BornIcon at 12:20 PM on October 11

Now there's talk of players recieving a technical foul if they so happen to disagree with a call. If they started instituting this in the youth leagues as well, I think it would have a benefitial impact on the game. Arguing with the referee is pointless. You can disagree with whatever you want, but arguing is not going to get you anywhere and honestly makes the complainer look like an ass. It seems that now days every time the ref blows the whistle someone is crying or yelling or stomping. Its all really B.S. I can agree that in some instances it seems as though the officials are taking control of the game, however it is their job to make sure that things don't get out of hand. Also, I'm pretty sure that they make the same money regardless of the outcome of any game. Arguing with the Ref and calling him a m*th*r f*ck*r should be reserved for the fans. The players also make the same money regardless of the outcome of the game.

posted by LA-4-Life at 01:07 PM on October 11

I'm not saying that a player disrespecting an official doesn't deserve a tech or even getting throw out of a game but how many times did Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or even Magic Johnson go and talk to a ref after being given a foul? If a player continues to harrass the refs and uses profanity to express his point by calling the ref every name in the book, kick him out. I just think it's idiotic to try to enforce a rule for expressing yourself and not agreeing with what the official has to say. I just wonder when they'll start to bring emotionless robots out to play against the pros. At least they won't say a word...unless they make them to take after Rasheed Wallace, then we're in trouble. By the way LA-4-Life, what kind of 'youth league' has kids calling officials MFer's? LOL

posted by BornIcon at 01:18 PM on October 11

There is nothing wrong with the dress code. There is something wrong with people showing up in jeans and t-shirts for games in which they are not playing. Every other professional sport has a dress code. Most companies have them too. Some individual organizations chose to adhere to an even more strident code of appearance than even the league mandates (NY Yankees). The ball, however, is another story. The arm bands and leg bands and the like - meh, I'm not so inclined to argue one way or the other on these.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:37 PM on October 11

By the way LA-4-Life, what kind of 'youth league' has kids calling officials MFer's? LOL I used to coach an 8-10 year old team for my local park and rec and you would be suprised by the things that I heard those kids say. how many times did Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or even Magic Johnson go and talk to a ref after being given a foul? Just because they are some of the best players ever doesn't mean that they are immune to making mistakes. Also, there is a difference between talking and arguing. For example, you might say, " I know that was a foul, but what can I do next time to avoid the foul." instead of "Man, that was a f'd up call you son'a biatch mf'er. I'm gonna kick your ass after the game you little piece of sh*t." I'm sure you would not get a technical or ejected for the first one.

posted by LA-4-Life at 02:31 PM on October 11

Timdawg, Since when does appearance have no connection with selling a product?

posted by brainofdtrain at 03:54 PM on October 11

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