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NBA wants faster start to games

Updated: October 18, 2012, 11:43 AM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The NBA is taking steps to cut down on pregame handshakes and rituals that have become popular with players in recent years. Starting this season, as soon as player introductions are finished, there will be 90 seconds put on the game clock, and teams will be expected to be ready for tipoff after that time.

The guideline will eliminate or severely cut down on the routines that players from most teams go through before games, which often include a series of handshakes with ...

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