Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd couldn’t believe that the NBA really fined his team for improper bench behavior.
On Friday, the NBA slapped the Mavs organization with a $25,000 fine for “violating league rules regarding team bench decorum.” The announcement noted that “several players and a member of the coaching staff stood away from Dallas’ team bench and were on or encroaching upon the playing court” on multiple occasions during their Game 2 defeat to the Phoenix Suns.
However, Kidd admitted confusion by the punishment as he emphasized that the NBA might be focusing on the wrong things. He highlighted that there is nothing wrong for a teammate to cheer for another and should, in fact, be encouraged.
“The league is worried about the wrong thing. You have millionaires cheering on other millionaires. Doesn’t happen in this society. And the enthusiasm of the game, for a teammate to cheer on another teammate, is special,” the Mavs coach said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
To be fair, Jason Kidd has a good point. There’s really nothing wrong about teammates cheering for their own, especially in a tightly contested contest.
However, the NBA is also thinking about the fans. The players standing up in front hinders the fans from watching the game as well. Not to mention that there is a reason why there is a policy for it.
In the end, it’s not really bad to cheer, but the Mavs might want to limit standing near the court for long periods.