The timer the Brooklyn Nets used to spot Gianni Antetokounmpo’s long free throw routine is gone and will not return.
According to the New York Post, the NBA told the Nets to stop showing an hour on the scoreboard when Antetokounmpo tries to throw a free throw, which they did in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The NBA does not want teams to “encourage” their fans to mock opponents, and the timer certainly did.
Here’s a look at the timer in action and the reaction of the fans.
Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine usually takes at least 10 seconds, which is a violation of the NBA̵
The timer was not only to get into Antetokounmpo’s head, but also to show the judges as he had gone over 10 seconds. He made none of his three free throws in Game 1, and the New York Post reported that two of his attempts took longer than 10 seconds. The judges did not call him a violation of the rules.
Fans at Barclays still take time for Giannis
The timer showed up for just one game at Barclays Center, but that’s all it takes to get firmly rooted in Net fans.
It did not appear on screen at all in Game 2, but it did not stop fans – specifically a group called the Brooklyn Brigade, according to the New York Post – from timing Antetokounmpo’s free throw attempts.
Antetokounmpo made just two of his seven free throws in Game 2.
The timer may be gone, but it lives on through Net’s fans forever – or at least until the end of the series.
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