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02:25  14 august  2019
02:25  14 august  2019 Source:   sbnation.com

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We at SB Nation believe that NBA fans are allowed to express their frustration in the form of booing certain league figures. Using Tom’s classification, here is SB Nation’s definitive guide to when booing is acceptable at an NBA game this season — as well as circumstances where booing may

The NBA fan ’s definitive guide to booing . These booing incidents have raised a discussion about when it is acceptable to boo (almost Did they have good reason to make that trade demand, such as a deep philosophical difference with the organization, a seasons -long playoff drought, or rampant

We at SB Nation believe that NBA fans are allowed to express their frustration in the form of booing certain league figures. We also believe that booing is an activity that must be practiced in moderation, under very specific circumstances that justify the behavior. That’s why Tom Ziller wrote the definitive guide to NBA booing last January.

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With the 2019-20 NBA schedule now officially out, you’re probably wondering when those very specific circumstances apply this year. Using Tom’s classification, here is SB Nation’s definitive guide to when booing is acceptable at an NBA game this season — as well as circumstances where booing may occur, but shouldn’t.

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Do you think it was warranted? If a player isn't performing well on the field, and he's on your favorite team, is it ever OK to boo them? Chris Landers: If I may address my fellow Yankees fans for a moment: absolutely not. Especially when the player in question is the reigning NL MVP and can send

Is it ever ok to boo the home team for any reason? JRSportBrief covers the latest sports news, game highlights, and athletes of professional sports. Whether it 's the NBA Finals, the MLB World Series, or the NFL Superbowl, JRʼs got his own opinions and he wants to hear yours!

(An important caveat: while we are pro-booing in the right circumstances, we absolutely do not condone directing abusive, sexist, and/or racist language toward players, coaches, or other NBA figures. When we use the term “booing,” we mean it literally.)

Boo the entire game if you’d like

Nov. 27: LA Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

Nov. 27: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

Dec. 22: LA Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder

These are the first return games for three marquee stars who forced their way out of teams in the last calendar year. Two of the three left via trade demands — Anthony Davis rather publicly, and Paul George quietly.

The third is Kyrie Irving, who didn’t technically demand a trade, but belongs in this conversation due to extenuating circumstances. Normally, we do not approve of booing players who fulfilled their contractual obligations and then left as a free agent, but Irving is an exception. Reneging on a pledge to stay and then destabilizing a promising young team with awkward leadership attempts, cryptic quotes, and confusing messages is akin to actually requesting a trade.

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These NBA Stars face the consequence of leaving their former team after a long road of memories with them. These fans didn't appreciate this either, showing their feelings in form of BOOING their former NBA Please do note that the clips used are not owned by me, instead, it is owned by the NBA .

That 's when an announced sellout crowd of 21,749 spent the entire fourth quarter cheering for Detroit guard Jerry Stackhouse to top 50 points en route to a "If our fans were enjoying it based on everything else they saw from our club that they paid to come watch, then so be it ," Floyd said.

Boo if you want, but it’s OK to be conflicted

Nov. 14: Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks

It’s fair to say that Kristaps Porzingis demanded to leave the Knicks last winter, whether via trade or by signing a qualifying offer to hasten his departure in free agency. Under normal circumstances, that’d give Knicks fans license for booing in his return game.

But this is also a case where Porzingis had good reason to leave, given the Knicks’ dysfunction. Under those circumstances, it’s acceptable to moderate the booing, as Tom wrote:

You can boo them, but a civilized fandom would do it only halfheartedly and only doing introductions or the player’s first entrance into the game.

Boo because your opponent is your rival

Oct. 22: LA Lakers at LA Clippers

Dec. 25: LA Clippers at LA Lakers

Jan. 28: LA Clippers at LA Lakers

March 8: LA Lakers at LA Clippers

This should cover all four Lakers-Clippers games. Will it cover any others? Good question.

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The league this season sometimes appears to be fighting and arguments with a few games thrown in. OK , so both of those were produced by Russell Westbrook, already the NBA ’s all-time career leader in completely invented indignation. But it ’s not just Westbrook who is made out of mad anymore.

Something happens when you are young and it all clicks. You discover basketball and you love to play and watch it . Usually, it is going to be your home team or the one closest to you. Of course there are some poor unfortunate souls, let's call them bandwagon fans , that just like whoever is winning at the

Are the Celtics and 76ers still rivals? Historically, yes, but the case is flimsier right now. Are the Rockets and Warriors considered rivals? I guess, but the Warriors always win in the playoffs. Will the Kings and Warriors rekindle the Northern California battle? Probably too soon on that one. Are the Bucks and 76ers now rivals? Probably not yet, but keep an eye out. Nets-Knicks ... maybe? Jazz-Rockets? Lakers-Celtics? Some combination of teams we’re forgetting?

We’re willing to consider adding more games to this category, but for now, we’ll be conservative.

Boo if you still feel passionately about your specific beef with this non-star player

Dec. 22: Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics

You may recall Terry Rozier’s honesty about his messy time with the Celtics last year, most notably when he essentially confirmed his own departure in a First Take interview just after Boston’s season ended.

The Celtics are better off with Kemba Walker anyway, but we could understand them booing Rozier for this one game. He had some reason to be upset, but some of his critiques don’t seem fair.

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Ultimately, fans only have so many ways that they can let a club they support know that they're not happy. In order of severity of the message being sent they are: Booing - This is a relatively low cost way Booing a pre- season match as an expression of constructive criticism (as opposed to hate or

But in 2017-18, heckled players are getting up close to fans in the stands for a retort, or — in the case of an incident on Wednesday It looks like Harden hit his phone when he heard it . We’ll see if it leads to a fine, but is the NBA going to do anything about the rash of incidents that we’ve seen this season ?

Boo because it’s fun to boo on-court villains

Every Warriors road game featuring Draymond Green

Every Clippers road game featuring Patrick Beverley

Every Celtics road game featuring Marcus Smart

Every Lakers road game featuring Rajon Rondo

As Tom noted, booing noted instigators is OK because it can make the game more fun.

Who does this apply to? Green and Rondo are obvious. Smart and Beverley seem like locks, too. You could sell us on Joakim Noah, and Joel Embiid, though the latter has the game to shut you up. We could mayyybe see the case for Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, or even James Harden under certain circumstances. Surely there’s someone we’re forgetting.

But at a minimum, this provision means it’s fine to boo (in good fun) at every road Clippers, Warriors, Celtics, and Lakers games.

Booing is acceptable, but a really bad idea

Nov. 6: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

Jan. 18: Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Feb. 11: LA Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers

We’re fine if Thunder fans want to boo Damian Lillard after the dagger he hit to knock them out of last year’s playoffs, but we’re also not saying it’s a good idea. Same goes for Stephen Curry in Houston, and Kawhi Leonard when he plays the 76ers.

Boo if you believe strongly in the sanctity of free agency!

Oct. 23: New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs

Watch: Giants fans already booing team in preseason opener

Watch: Giants fans already booing team in preseason opener Maybe it’s the late-summer humidity in New Jersey. Maybe New York Giants fans are already sick and tired of the team’s first-team offense being led by Eli Manning. Whatever the reason, Giants fans were not having it early in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the New York Jets. Manning led the Giants on a three-and-out to open the game, completing his only attempt for three yards. It was an uninspiring performance from Manning and the Giants’ first-team offense. It was equally uninspiring from the coaching staff. Fans decided to boo the first-team offense after it exited following those first three plays.

Destiny’s Child was booed off the court at halftime of Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals. The Sixers — bruised and battered, led by NBA MVP Allen Iverson in his finest season — had clawed out of Now they were down 14 at halftime of Game 4. Sixers fans could forget about any chance at a comeback if

This is about basketball fans who consistently cross the line. Russell Westbrook was irate. Fans shouted racial slurs at Kevin Durant in his return to Oklahoma City as a member of the Warriors. It ’s OK to love your team with all your heart. It ’s OK to boo an opponent in a high-stakes playoff game.

During this year’s free agency moratorium, Marcus Morris verbally agreed to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. To free up playing time for him, the Spurs traded forward Davis Bertans to Washington while taking no salary back. But before putting pen to paper, Morris changed his mind, accepting a one-year, $15 million offer from the Knicks. That left San Antonio in the lurch, without Morrisand without a quality rotation player to play the minutes he was supposed to play.

There’s nothing illegal about Morris reneging on an agreement, but we’d understand if Spurs fans boo Morris for doing something that’s not cool.

Boo because your favorite player lost a hotly contested award race in the recent past

Nov. 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Utah Jazz

We put this provision in for Sixers-Jazz games after the memetastic 2018 Rookie of the Year debate between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell.

That said, it also arguably applies to Rockets-Thunder games because of the 2017 MVP debate involving Russell Westbrook and James ... oh, I see. That’s awkward.

Boo during introductions, but that’s it

Oct. 27: Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves

Nov. 29: LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

Feb. 26: Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz

March 1: LA Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

March 3: LA Clippers at Thunder

March 3: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

These are the second returns to the old arena following a trade demand or a messy free-agency departure. Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, and Gordon Hayward made high-profile appearances against their old teams last season, while the other three are the second “return” games on the schedule for players who left their old teams this summer. Here’s how Tom suggests they be handled:

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How funny would it be if the fans , most of whom only came to the game because it was Bryant’s last one as a pro in Philly, only showed up to boo him? The primary catalyst of this is the 2001 NBA Finals. The Sixers had a dream season , going 56-26 and coming back from deficits in the first three

The NBA season has once again caught you by surprise. Every year you promise yourself you’ll pick a team, sign up to League Pass and Miscellaneous, Subjective Thoughts: Players on this team are so often traded/released that is it is actually noticeable that none of the players want to get to close to

Do not make booing this player a habit. If you booed effectively the first time, you got your point across. You may boo during introductions or upon the player’s first entrance, but continuing to boo all game is overkill.

Don’t boo them. Cheer them

Nov. 7: Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets (Kemba Walker)

Nov. 15: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies (Mike Conley)

Nov. 23: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (Jimmy Butler)

Dec. 9: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors (Andre Iguodala)

Dec. 11: LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors (Kawhi Leonard)

Dec. 12: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (Al Horford)

Feb. 5: Golden State Warriors at Brooklyn Nets (D’Angelo Russell)

Jan. 9: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder (Russell Westbrook)

March 28: Toronto Raptors at Memphis Grizzlies (Marc Gasol)

These nine players all left in free agency or via a trade that wasn’t of their choosing, so booing them would be ridiculous. If anything, these fanbases should loudly cheer their returning player.

Some of these are trickier cases than others. Should Horford catch any grief for surprising the Celtics and opting out to join their historic rivals? Probably not but we’re willing to listen. Butler may not deserve cheers or boos from Sixers fans, and he was barely there anyway. The Kawhi Leonard situation in Toronto is also complicated, but winning a title should be the trump card.

They’re gonna boo for this reason, and it’s gonna be silly

Dec. 25: Clippers at Lakers

Jan. 28: Clippers at Lakers

We chastised Lakers fans for booing Paul George because he didn’t choose to sign with the Lakers in free agency, and similar logic applies here. We know you will, Lakers fans, but please don’t boo Kawhi Leonard for choosing to sign with the other L.A. team. If you must boo anyone, boo all those “reporters” who made it seem like he would when they had bad information.

Boo the Clippers as a whole for being your rival, but don’t let Kawhi catch those strays unnecessarily.

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