The Nets have been told by the NBA that they can no longer show a timer on the overhead scoreboard at the Barclays Center when Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is shooting free throws, per Peter Botte and Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
A source told the Post that the league frowns on teams encouraging fans to taunt opposing players. Brooklyn leads the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 2-0.
“Led by The Brooklyn Brigade fan group in Section 114, the Barclays Center crowd counted out the time it took Antetokounmpo to release the ball from the line in Game 2,” the Post reported. “In most instances, it took 12 or 13 seconds — by the fans’ count — before he completed his pronounced routine, but no violations were whistled.”
By rule, players have 10 seconds to shoot each free throw. Anything beyond that is a violation.
Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters he didn’t notice the scoreboard timer directed at Antetokounmpo.
“I haven’t been [paying attention]. I just really want to focus on our team,” Nash said. “The whole thing is kind of confusing. Is it a rule? Is it not a rule? Are we calling it? Are we not calling it?
“But there’s more important things, and you can only focus on so many things, so it’s not necessarily there yet. Maybe my tune changes. But right now I haven’t thought too much about it.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer also indicated he wasn’t aware of any taunting.
“There was one time where I felt like people were looking at the Jumbotron, but I didn’t really know why,” Budenholzer said. “You never know what’s going on up there, and it’s rare that I even can pick up the hint of something.”