The NBA is about to fire up its 2022-23 season and people are beyond ready to see what their favorite teams have in store.
We know of the multiple changes made to squads throughout the league during the summer due to big trades and hirings and firings.
But were you aware that the league itself has actually made some alterations too?
NBA Team Bench rules.
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It is true: the NBA has created some new bench rules for the teams starting in the 2022-23 season.
For example, players will not be able to remain standing at or away from the bench area.
The league is also prohibiting players from distracting opponents, although they are very vague about what that means.
The punishments for violating these rules include technical fouls, post-game penalties, and more.
The NBA is right to try to run the league as it sees fit but it might be hard for some players to follow these new regulations.
Sit Down & Be Quiet
The vagueness of these rules is open to interpretation – and that could cause trouble.
Players cannot remain standing at or away from the bench area but how long is too long?
When do they start getting fined?
Additionally, what constitutes a distraction to opponents?
Is cheering for your own team a distraction?
What about talking trash to an opposing player, would that be a distraction?
As you can see, there are many athletes in the league who partake in these sorts of actions.
How soon before the refs start enforcing these rules strictly?
To be clear, players should not be standing for too long in the bench area and obviously, they shouldn’t be attempting to distract their competition too.
However, it just seems unlikely that everyone will be following these rules right away.