Devin Booker doesn’t think teams running up points during the In-Season Tournament should be faulted. However, other big names in the NBA disagree with the point differential rule, like Jayson Tatum and DeMar DeRozan.
Devin Booker Couldn’t Care Less About Running Up Points
The three-time All-Star doesn’t think players or teams should care about this. He wants teams to play the game until the last point and doesn’t think it’s disrespectful.
Booker disagrees with many in the league complaining about the In-Season Tournament’s rule about point differentials.
“I’ve seen teams upset about it, I don’t know why. I’ve seen players upset about it, I don’t know why.”Devin Booker
Booker even thinks the league should use this kind of system for every game in the league. Many know the unwritten rule of not scoring when you already know you’re going to win.
However, the 27-year-old disagrees with it.
“I wish every game was like that, where you could play to the end and it wasn’t viewed as disrespectful.”Devin Booker
He thinks the whole idea is just silly. Furthermore, he posits that if everyone were under the same assumptions of basketball’s written and unwritten rules, no one would get angry.
“Yeah. I mean if everybody’s under the same impression that you’re playing to the end then it will never be a problem.”Devin Booker
Booker Divides The basketball Community
Booker’s take is proving to be divisive in the basketball community. Some users think he’s speaking the truth, as every team should play the game to the last minute.
They push for the fact that if you pay for the whole game, you deserve to see the team perform the entire game.
However, some push back with the idea of respect. Players like DeRozan think pushing an already-decided game any further is disrespectful.
While the point differential rule is divisive among the league, Jaylen Brown is fighting against something else during the tournament.
However, the In-Season Tournament seems to be a generally positive idea for the league. It’s proving to give more incentive for teams to try while making other players excited for the do-or-die moments.
Should the league allow teams to run up points without any backlash?