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10:29 AM ET 09.21 | The NBA is revising its media guidelines, loosening some obligations on players and coaches while making some additions it feels will improve access and be more enforceable. The new rules, sent to teams Friday, lessen the amount of times players are required to be available on game days but mandates they speak at least once while sidelined with a long-term injury. Coaches can shorten the length of time they have to open practice to reporters and won't be required to meet with the media after morning shootarounds at home, but will still have to when they're on the road. NBA senior vice president of communications Tim Frank said the changes were made in an effort to "achieve consistency across the league." "It was time to take a fresh look," Frank said. "We've basically had the same rules for 30-plus years and with the changing media landscape it was clear there were redundancies and we needed to adjust." The old rules required players to be available at the morning shootaround and before the game, though most picked only one and some did neither. Now, they can choose one, but if their team doesn't hold a morning workout, they will be required to be available at pregame if requested.

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September 21, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Good move protecting the players from opening their mouths.

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September 21, 2013  02:22 PM ET

How about instituting some training program in sentence construction for the players? Maybe an intern job for 4th graders?

September 21, 2013  04:14 PM ET
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Good move protecting the players from opening their mouths.

Alfie!!

September 21, 2013  04:15 PM ET

I see Dungy has a twin!!!

 
September 22, 2013  04:25 AM ET

In the age of social media with instant updates, the best thing the NBA and NBAPA can do for the sake of saving the players from themselves is to ban all twitter and face book accounts or at least get filtered before public consumption. Even if an update is up for less than one second before it???s deleted, there???s a record of it.

Before Twitter it took months and years to prove you are a moron, but with Twitter, you can provide proof instantaneously and to more people.

How many times are words said in the heat of the moment that we wish to get back? Now add millions of dollars, dozens of massive egos, feelings of under appreciation and under paid, and guys who can???t have a one on one conversation about having some ???beef??? with another person or player. If they don???t respond immediately to a ???diss??? then they believe they are thought of as ???weak???.

The world would be a better place if we went from Twitter back to Carrier Pigeons.

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