Regardless, the league will clamp down with broadcasters Fox Sports and Channel Nine regularly broadcasting timeouts as part of their match coverage this season.
While the tipping incident appears to be Brisbane Bullets’ coach Andrej Lemanis performance during their one-point loss to the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday, it’s said to have been an incident bubbling under the surface for some time, with coaches regularly letting things get carried away in timeouts.
It’s not the first time we have seen swearing in live interviews or games though. The 2005 NRL grand final still is at the top of the list, when multiple Wests Tigers players swore live on TV interviews in the post-match, while the occasional F-bomb being picked up over the on-field microphones in other sports – like cricket, rugby league and AFL – is certainly part and parcel of live sports broadcasting.
It was a league initiative to begin filming timeouts, with the exception of the final two minutes of a game, and it’s thought the clubs are a little frustrated with the scrutiny from head office.
While the NBL reportedly have no problems with a display of passion from coaches, they have asked clubs to be mindful about their language and swearing on live TV.
Five rounds into the season, the NBL are again showing positive growth in crowds and TV numbers, and the last thing the league want is negative publicity.
The season continues with Round 6 tipping off on Friday as the New Zealand Breakers host reigning premiers Melbourne United in Southland.
Any nine-game losing streak ahead of a tough road trip to tackle the league-leaders is going to make for challenging times, but Cairns Taipans vice-captain Lucas Walker has overcome plenty in his NBL career to reach 200 games and this current hole is one he sees a way out of.
The Cavaliers have agreed to a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks that will return popular Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova to Cleveland along with forward John Henson and a pair of NBA draft picks in 2021.
A team full of NBL players might still have qualified Australia for a FIBA World Cup this time four years ago but the commitment, dedication and organisation of this current group playing for the Boomers only highlights further the growth of the league.