These new NBA rules prevent teams from mocking each other on social media

These new NBA rules prevent teams from mocking each other on social media

These new NBA rules prevent teams from mocking each other on social media. Image: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Keep those Crying Jordan memes under control, guys. According to the league, some recent social media behavior “crossed the line between appropriate and inappropriate.” One example comes to mind. The Portland Trail Blazers trolled Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons on Twitter after this comically bad shot last month. To be fair, the NBA 3-point line is really, really far away from the basket. The new rules are intended to help avoid Twitter wars like these. Here are three specific examples of what teams can't do on social media anymore, per MacMahon: Disparage, belittle or embarrass an individual opponent or game official. Criticize officiating or the NBA officiating program. The Sacramento Kings, now a 10th place team, eked out a victory over the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and sent a pair of cheeky tweets their way. That's a big fat L (referring to the loss) in place of the Cavs' logo, and Kings star DeMarcus Cousins handing Cleveland a similarly gigantic L. Sacramento busted out the same trick in October, this time poking fun at the Phoenix Suns before this season even started.

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Keep those Crying Jordan memes under control, guys.

In an effort to prevent the “mocking and/or ridiculing” of other teams and officials online, the NBA released a memo to all 30 teams detailing new social media conduct rules, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported Thursday.

According to the league, some recent social media behavior “crossed the line between appropriate and inappropriate.”

One example comes to mind. The Portland Trail Blazers trolled Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons on Twitter after this comically bad shot last month.

To be fair, the NBA 3-point line is really, really far away from the basket. pic.twitter.com/dHusI9cHcW

— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 28, 2017

A back-and-forth ensued.

The new rules are intended…

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