The NBA is serious about this lockout stuff. So serious, that reportedly the league will fine teams $1 million if there is contact between them and a player.
Which created an odd situation for Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh. Via the Sun Sentinel:
Under lockout rules, the NBA has banned contact between players and team officials or coaches. Bosh, however, already has several such Miami Heat members on his invitation list.Uh oh. That could be awkward. So Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra might have to show up and completely ignore Bosh? Kind of like the regular season! But evidently, the league will make exceptions in extreme circumstances, one being a wedding I guess.
While the Heat declined comment Friday, citing league guidelines, the team apparently has already cleared the appearances of management and the coaching staff at the power forward's nuptials through the NBA.I wonder though if when Spoelstra's going through the wedding line to shake Bosh and his bride's hand if he's going to try and cram in a two-hour conversation in a 15-second window. Or maybe he'll slip him a little note with offseason ideas.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Friday, "There are exceptions to the general no-contact rule in special or unusual circumstances."
You know teams aren't going to entirely follow the no contact rule. Some will break it. It's just a matter of not getting caught and getting creative. One way? A wedding. Good thinking, Chris.