|Posted on October 18, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
(New themed post) We do the Celtics Morning Joe everyday. Now it's time for a strictly NBA version.
"I personally don't like it. Every player in this league has routines they do with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they walk on the floor. The fans enjoy it. Says Kevin Durant"
I think the pregame should have a limit to be honest. I hate to restrict it, but I think it does go to long at times. Who could forget this.
I hate to restrict honestly, but when things like this happen. Something needs to give. KG has his routine, and honestly it doesn't take more than a minute, and a half.
The NBA is taking steps to cut down on pregame handshakes and rituals that have become popular with players in recent years. Starting this season, as soon as player introductions are finished, there will be 90 seconds put on the game clock, and teams will be expected to be ready for tipoff after that time.
The guideline will eliminate or severely cut down on the routines that players from most teams go through before games, which often include a series of handshakes with their own teammates before greeting opponents. It also could legislate out individual rituals like LeBron James' famous chalk toss, which he abandoned last season during the playoffs, though James said he'll try to get it done in the limited time.
"I won't change it, I'll be able to work it in," James said. "We'll figure it out."
Wolves' Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks
Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand in a workout before practice. It's a crushing blow to the Timberwolves, who already will be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for what is expected to be at least the first six weeks of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.
The Timberwolves open the regular season at home against Sacramento on Nov. 2.
The poor Wolves can't catch a break. Big blow, they could have challenged for a playoff spot for sure, but with Love out for about two months. I just can't see the T'Wolves lasting.