By Adam Roberts – 6/9/2021
The question has been asked before: when does gamesmanship cross over into taunting?
Well, the N-B-A thinks the Brooklyn Nets found, and crossed, that line in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bucks.
According to the New York Post, the Nets had opted to put a running clock on the overhead scoreboard when Giannis would prepare to shoot his free-throws in Game One’s 115-107 Bucks loss. In the NBA rule book there is a rule that dictates a player has ten seconds to shoot their free throw before being assessed a violate, and the notoriously-deliberate Antetokounmpo has been assessed several this season. The Greek Freak made just 68.5 percent of his league-leading 581 free throws this season.
As for what, if anything, the league could do in response? Probably not a lot.
The Bucks and Nets play Game Three tomorrow in Milwaukee. Coverage begins after The Sports Lead on ESPN La Crosse 105.5! You can also catch the game on the stream here or on TuneIn.