The Nets’ trolling of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free-throw routine has to come back to an finish.
In accordance with Peter Botte of the New York Publish, the NBA ordered the Nets to cease timing Antetokoumpo’s free throws by way of a timer on the scoreboard. Per Botte, “The league doesn’t advocate groups inciting the taunting of different gamers.”
The timer was put in place for Recreation 1 of the Nets vs. Bucks sequence by the Barclays Middle employees. It happened after Antetokounmpo had picked up a uncommon free-throw violation in Milwaukee’s sweep of the Warmth.
By rule, an NBA participant should launch the ball on a free throw inside 10 seconds of receiving it from the referee. Due to Antetokounmpo’s lengthy routine, he usually cuts it shut or runs over the allotted time.
Nevertheless, he is never known as for a violation. Thus, the timer was put in place to amp up the gang because the Greek Freak drew nearer to the deadline for launch and reveal to the officers when he had, in reality, taken longer than 10 seconds.
You possibly can see the way it labored by way of the video under.
Whereas the timer could have energized the followers available, it did little to influence the coaches through the sport. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer did say that he observed folks trying on the Jumbotron, however he was extra targeted on the sport than the rest.
“There was one time the place I felt like folks have been trying on the Jumbotron, however I didn’t actually know why,” Budenholzer stated. “You by no means know what’s occurring up there, and it’s uncommon that I even can choose up the trace of one thing.”
Even nonetheless, the NBA has shuttered that in the meanwhile. The Nets devoted must discover one other method to distract Giannis from the road if the Bucks make it again to Brooklyn for Recreation 5.
The Nets are at present main the sequence 2-0 and had a 39-point win over the Bucks in Recreation 2. Recreation 3 is about to tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday evening in Milwaukee.