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A No-Nonsense NBA?
by Randy Youngman / (c) 2010, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.). Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
The National Basketball Association cracks down on whiners and complainers Welcome to the new NBA, where whining about officiating─and showing contempt through
"overt" reactions─is no longer acceptable.
Five years ago, the league instituted a new dress code aimed at cleaning up its image, requiring players to dress for success on game nights. Coats and ties, collared shirts and sweaters, dress slacks and hard-soled shoes were in; baggy jeans, T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts were out.
This year, David "Very" Stern's image reparation edictrevolves around cleaning up behavior on the court.
Specifically, the NBA is cracking down on whiners, complainers and on what it deems unsportsm anlike conduct.
Breaking down the rules
This is the way Stu Jackson, NBA vice president of basketball operations and the league's czar of discipline, recently explained it: "We're going to expand the universe of unsportsmanlike actions that will be penalized. They will include air-punching at an official. Waving him off as a sign of disrespect. Running up to an official from across the court to voice a complaint. Flailing arms in disbelief [...] or clapping sarcastically at an official."
"Those are some of the types of actions that really have no place in our game."
And, of course, straightforward objections to perceived bad calls will not be tolerated, either.Essentially, verbal complaints about whistles and demonstrative reactions to them will be uniformly penalized. And all of the above will henceforth earn technicalfouls─and free throw s for the opposing team─as well as increased fines.
Reaction to the crackdown has been predictably varied. Initially, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was in favor of the idea and said he believed players eventually would adjust to what the refs were calling. But [in a later interview] he didn't sound convinced when I asked him if the new guidelines could be fairly enforced.