Report: NBA Orders Nets To Remove Scorecard From Giannis’ Free Throw Scorecard | Launderer report
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The NBA has asked the Brooklyn Nets to refrain from displaying a timer on video panels at Barclays Center while Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the free throw line, according to the New York Post‘s Pierre Botté.
When the double MVP was on the charity strip in Game 1 of Milwaukee’s Second Round Series against Brooklyn, arena officials noted whether he released the ball within the 10 seconds allowed by the league.
Botte reported that the NBA “does not advocate for teams to make fun of other players.”
The action taken by the NBA makes sense as it can be a slippery slope in terms of arena officials directly targeting another player – no matter how benign – to elicit a reaction from fans at home.
However, the practical impact of displaying a timer while Antetokounmpo prepared to shoot was likely minimal.
His attention would have been directed to the basket by then, so he wouldn’t have seen what was happening on the video screens.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer had no idea the tactics were playing out, too, as he watched the action from the bench.
“There was a time when I felt like people were watching the Jumbotron, but I wasn’t sure why,” he said. “You never know what’s going on up there, and it’s rare that I can even pick up the clue of something.”
To claim that the 10-second timer affected Giannis’ shot would be an exercise in confirmation bias.
Antetokounmpo was 2 of 5 on free throws as Milwaukee lost 115-107 in Game 1. He shot 68.5% from the line in the regular season and has a career clip of 71.7 for his career, so shooting at Free throws has long been one of his Achilles heels.
If the Nets do end up knocking out the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, this story will be way down the list of reasons Milwaukee failed to meet their goal of reaching the NBA Finals.