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NBA tells players to take a seat

10.02.09 at 2:31 pm ET
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For anyone who has had their view of the game blocked by a towering Kevin Garnett or a towel-waving Tony Allen, they won’€™t have to worry about that again this season.

Mixed in with the news of the NBA’€™s social media guidelines was a new policy on sideline behavior. According to a memo obtained by ESPN.com, the league is restricting players from standing on while they are on the bench. This comes in response to complaints received last season.

Marc Stein reported, ‘€œStarting this season, league rules dictate that players will be required to remain seated on the bench while the ball is live except to ‘€˜spontaneously react to a notable play [and] immediately sitting down on the bench afterward’€™ or ‘€˜to approach the scorer’s table to report into the game.’€™ The memo states that ‘€˜players will not be permitted to stand [in front of] the bench at any other time while the ball is in play, including standing for the last minute of a game or standing until the team scores its first point in game.’€™’€

According to the memo, teams may be fined for not following the rule.

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