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NBA tells players to take a seat

Posted By Jessica Camerato On October 2, 2009 @ 2:31 pm In General | 2 Comments

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 [1], “Starting 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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