NBA changed bench decorum rules because of Theo Pinson

The Dallas Mavericks signed Theo Pinson in December 2021 as the team struggled with an outbreak of COVID. They had a full roster, so everyone expected players to stay on the roster for ten days or until players came back, but that wasn’t the case for Pinson. He signed two ten-day deals before getting one of the team’s two-way contracts. The deal left him ineligible for the postseason, but that didn’t stop Pinson from sitting on the bench and making an impact.

Fans can question how he helps the team all they want, but the Mavs believe Pinson was a key part of their campaign for the conference finals last season. Coach Jason Kidd even called him the team’s MVP in February, and the Mavericks renewed him this offseason.

Pinson was the leader of his bench who was fined three times during the postseason. The league wasn’t a fan of what the Mavericks were doing, so they changed the rules to stop Pinson this season.

Miami Heat reporter Ira Winderman gave fans the specifics of the new rules that limit players standing and “making distracting moves” on the bench.

How many technical fouls will Pinson get this season for supporting his teammates? The league wants players to sit on the bench, but that won’t stop Pinson from shouting and supporting his team. Fans will still hear the 6’5 wing, and you can bet he’ll accept the game’s warning and delay almost every night.

Pinson knows he helps his teams win and he discussed this on his podcast. The 26-year-old has been in the NBA for four years and his team has never missed the playoffs, including playing with the Nets before Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving arrived and broke the Knicks’ seven-year postseason drought.

Theo Pinson forced the NBA to change its rules, but fans know he will find a way to help his teammates under the new guidelines. As? Be sure to tune in on opening night to find out.

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