FIRST, it was dispensing with pre-game introductions. Now it’s a ban on a popular toy.
According to Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers have placed a season ban on ‘hoverboards’ in Quicken Loans Arena as part of its attempt to limit distractions to the team's ultimate goal: a return to the NBA Finals.
The 'hoverboards' or motorized scooters have found their way to NBA locker rooms starting last season with the Cavs guard J.R. Smith among its notable users.
It can be recalled that Smith made an entrance at 'The Q 'on board one of the two-wheeled contraptions during the 2015 NBA Finals against eventual champions Golden State Warriors.
Also included among the changes are the pre- and post-game attire of Cleveland players who now make it a point to look more professional.
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James spearheaded the changes after he approached teammates with suggestions on how to improve the team’s “ready to play” mindset in order to stay more focused and prepare better for games.
Now, instead of the colorful high-fiving and antics that the Cavs have been known for, the team instead stands either silently in mid-court or engaged in a pre-game huddle with the coaching staff.