NBA willing to hand out technical fouls for pregame handshake rituals that go longer than 90 seconds

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The NBA has apparently made an all out effort to add rules to the game that will either not work or are just unnecessary.

Under the heading of “will not work” are the recently adopted anti-flopping rules that threaten players with fines for too much flopping. And under the heading of “just unnecessary” is the NBA’s new rule that all pregame handshake rituals must be done within a 90 second window before the game begins.

And what happens if the rituals run longer than 90 seconds? Technical fouls could be handed out.

“There’s a 90-second countdown, it is placed on the clock,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “At 30 seconds, there’s a warning horn and alert by the refs. At the end, teams need to be ready to tip off or face a delay-of-game warning.”

Two delay-of-game warnings would result in a technical foul.

As you may have guessed, players aren’t exactly in love with the new rule.

“I personally don’t like it,” Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman. “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. You see the fans mimicking the guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don’t make no sense.”

Now comes the obvious question for the NBA: What’s the big deal?

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