When the NBA shared its return plan and campus setup for the basketball “bubble” in Orlando, Fla., one minor element became a source of fascination for NBA Twitter: the anonymous tip hotline.
The league has a system in place that allows NBA players to report potential rule violations, and apparently it is already working. On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that “multiple tips” have already been placed into the hotline ahead of the 2019-20 season restart.
Obviously if players fail to follow health and safety protocols, the NBA’s return is unlikely to last long. It makes sense that the league would do everything possible to avoid another suspension of play.
However, some players view the tip hotline as more of a “snitch hotline.” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who won’t be joining his teammates in Orlando after testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), went so far as to encourage players inside the “bubble” to hang up their hotel phones.
“To all my fellow NBA players, don’t call the snitch hotline,” Dinwiddie told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks.
But the league office shouldn’t be concerned. NBA Twitter is confident All-Star guard Chris Paul will report all violations as quickly as possible.
Shortly after Charania’s report hit social media, Twitter users identified the Thunder guard as the primary caller.
Will Paul be responsible for every single tip? No, probably not. However, this is a man who figured out a way to manufacture points at the end of game via an obscure rule about properly wearing a jersey. His search for a competitive advantage never ends.
So, yeah, NBA players should be on their best behavior — because you never know when Paul will be watching.
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