The NBA has taken strides to make sure that games, players, coaches and referees abide and follow rules to keep the integrity of the game. In the process, the league has made a once-rough yet clean basketball game a battle of who can tip-toe on pins and needles the best.
Because of new rules and requests, like asking refs to call more technical fouls for banter and the like, "The" Association is turning into a game of no emotion and heart. Despite the new expectations in games, some players will ignore them and even make a mockery of the bad rules.
Without those players, some of the games may not be fun.
Here is a fun look at some ridiculous things that could be grounds for a fine.
Nothing screams "I should pay for this" like trying to get an explanation from a referee.
Sometimes a call is questionable, but with the league wanting more technicals called, a player could be "out of line" for snuggling up to an official for a mid-game story.
Rule of note: When it is dark in a room you are entering or are already in, make sure the light is on.
Not if your name is Carlos Boozer.
Someone in the NBA this year will make the same "tripping" mistake, only after turning on the lights. At the press conference announcing the injury, the player will admit to his fault, and his team will fine him for not knowing how to pick up his feet and tripping.
Second rule of note: Pick up your possessions that should not be on the floor.
How often does a player get jacked up after putting an opponent on his next poster via slam dunk?
It is an emotional moment, and often a change of momentum for the player and fans.
It will also be an emotional moment after a technical is called for "banter," costing a player money for getting a "T."
Some professional sports leagues are cracking down on in-game, pre- and post-game messaging via Websites like Facebook and Twitter.
For players like Adam Morrison, formerly of the L.A. Lakers, what else does he have to do while warming up the bench?
Someone will be interested to read about his new designer blazer he picked up with his lottery pick money he clearly earned grabbing some bench.
The only problem with his tweet or status update is that he'll get fined because the league knows no one wants to read what he has to say. Morrison will get fined for speaking when no one has spoken to him.
If Morrison does not receive this fine, it can be said a number of 12th and 13th options in the league could empty their wallet for a similar situation.
Someone has to say it:
Some players do not know how to dress.
The NBA is a player-driven, "me-first" league. Nothing says "I have a huge ego" like dressing to impress.
Clearly the new Chicago Bull does not know how to make himself look better.
Maybe that is why he was signed to a non-guaranteed contract as opposed to some concrete cash.
Brown clogs may not be the new fashion statement, but they could be the new way to pay the NBA.
Many players, including LeBron James, wear sleeves to keep certain body parts warm and loose in an attempt to prevent injury.
Not a bad idea, but the league may take advantage of it.
Each team has had their jerseys "jazzed up," much like the NHL did with their "sleek" Reebok jerseys. League officials may make money off of players trying to achieve stiffness by stiffening their rules.
If you wear a sleeve on one warm, wear it on two for body "feng shui."
Players say they agree with what he does, while others say they do not.
David Stern is not that dumb.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with facial hair or hair length...
...unless you play for the New York Yankees.
In an attempt to make the NBA look more "professional," David Stern will start slapping fines on the table against any player not willing to chop off their furry facial features or luscious locks.
You laugh, but it could happen.
NBA players are very good at making it known how they feel, especially when it comes to wanting a trade.
David Stern sees this and knows it could be a way to continue exposing his league's brand.
Stern will go on record saying that unless you make your trade requests known, you will lose part of your paycheck.
Would you be shocked?