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Report: Nets told to ditch timer mocking Giannis Antetokounmpo's long free-throw routine

Yahoo Sports 10 June, 2021 - 12:00pm

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According to the New York Post, the NBA told the Nets to stop displaying a timer on the scoreboard when Antetokounmpo is attempting free throws, which they did during Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The NBA doesn't want teams "inciting" their fans to taunt opposing players, and the timer definitely did that. 

Here's a look at the timer in action, and the fans' reaction. 

The timer wasn't just to get in Antetokounmpo's head, but also to show the referees when he'd gone past 10 seconds. He didn't make any 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 referees didn't call him for a rules violation. 

The timer appeared for just one game at the Barclays Center, but that's all it took to become firmly entrenched in the hearts and minds of Nets fans. 

It didn't show up on screen at all in Game 2, but that didn't stop fans — specifically a group called the Brooklyn Brigade, according to the New York Post — from timing Antetokounmpo's free-throw attempts. 

The timer may be gone, but it lives on through Nets fans forever — or at least until the end of the series. 

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