Rivers not happy with NBA 90-second rule
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Count Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers among those not thrilled with the NBA’s renewed enforcement of the 90-second pregame rule.
The rule, which has been in place but rarely acknowledged, dictates that teams be ready for the opening tipoff 90 seconds after player introductions in an effort to start games on time.
Enforcing this will cut into some of the elaborate pregame rituals of some players, such as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Celtics big man Kevin Garnett.
If a team isn’t ready for tipoff after 90 seconds, it faces a delay of game warning, which the Celtics have received in preseason.
“I don’t like it. I think it’s too quick. I think it’s too rushed. I like the idea of it – enough of some of the stuff,” Rivers said.
“I think they need to change it to two minutes, maybe even 2 ½ minutes. I don’t think they factor in the coach actually has to draw up a play first, and then guys break. I hope that will be changed a little bit.
“It makes the first play that you draw up before the game almost silly,” Rivers said. “Guys are more focused on running out on the floor.”
He has an idea to ensure games start on time.
“To me, if you really want to do something, shorten the intros, where we have all the dancing and music,” Rivers said. “If they want to get the game started, shorten that for a minute and give the players an extra minute.”