Oct 05

McMillan Will Abide By The 'Van Gundy' Rule

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2010trainingcamp
Nate McMillan made sure to go over some of the newer rules when he assembled his team this morning at shootaround. He reminded (or in the case of the rookies, schooled them for the first time) that if you take a dribble after a rebound, you can't advance the ball to half court after a timeout. He instructed them to get at least to the hash mark before calling timeouts to save from having to inbound the ball near half court. And he made sure to demonstrate that you can indeed catch and shoot with 0.3 seconds left on the clock.

But there's one rule McMillan's players might need to remind coach about. As of the start of the 2010-11 season, coaches are no longer allowed to wear shirts without collars, meaning that the mock neck sweaters McMillan wears from time to time as he paces the sidelines are out.

The new directive, known informally as the "Stan Van Gundy rule", brings in line the dress codes for the coaches and players, which is fine by McMillan.

"I don't wear a lot of (non-collared shirts)," said McMillan. "I think that was directed at a few coaches. So I'm fine with that."

There was a time last season when McMillan wore the mock neck on the regular. When he was recovering from tearing his Achilles tendon last season, McMillan decided it was too constricting to wear the boot that kept his lower leg immobile at the same time as wearing a tie, so he switched up his wardrobe in order to preserve his sanity.

"When I had the Achilles, you got the boot on the leg and the tie around the throat," said McMillan. "It was just too much tightness over there. But I'm fine with a tie and shirt."

Not that McMillan wouldn't wearing something else. Any man can tell you that even a finely tailored suit and tie can get a bit uncomfortable at times, both from a movement and temperature standpoint, and that goes double for a basketball coach who has 15 sweaty guys huddled around him as he draws up a play that could be the difference between winning and losing with 20,000 screaming fans standing by. So something a touch less formal would suit McMillan just fine.

"I think a lot of coaches would prefer you wear just a coaching shirt," said McMillan, referring to the clothing coaches often wear during international competition. "It would be great and more comfortable, but the rules are a sports jacket, a tie and a shirt. I'm fine with that."

Not that he has much of a choice.


  1. this would almost be funny if i didn't know the league took it so seriously. i mean, seriously, do we really need to have rules for people who still look professional even though they're not wearing a tie. from what i understand, business casual is the new thing. apparently not in the nba. weird.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/12/2010 3:11 PM
  2. Well, as it turns out, the Van Gundy rule might not actually be a rule at all.

    by caseyholdahl on 10/12/2010 3:13 PM
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