Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the word. Disrespect is the basis of most unwritten rules in the world of sports. They’re, essentially, minor discourteous acts that aren’t perceived well by the person they are directed at. The problem is it is not so certain that these unwritten rules even exist in the NBA like they do in the other professional sports. One example of this would be Steve Kerr allowing his players to coach for an entire game against the Phoenix Suns. This scenario became the most recent debate about if the general population should be angry or not, and barely anyone in the NBA seemed to care. The Suns’ Jared Dudley acknowledged that it could be construed as a lack of respect, but he put the blame on the Suns instead of Kerr. Suns interim head coach Jay Triano said “I don’t think so” when asked if the move was disrespectful, and Kevin Durant asked the question that was most needed, “Who gives a sh*t?” Quite possibly the most talked about unwritten rule in basketball is how to conduct yourself on the winning end of a blowout with seconds to go. The reason this invisible regulation gets discussed more than the rest is because the opposing players get the most upset about it — being blown out is bad on its own but conceding defeat and watching the other team score an uncontested basket produces flared tempers and long monologues about the proper etiquette of basketball.
Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA
Dime Magazine | Mar 6