NBA Bro-code

NBA Bro-Code

Top 10 Unwritten Rules of the NBA

Like in everyday life, a bro-code exists in the NBA.

What is a bro-code? To describe it in the simplest of terms, it is defined as an unwritten etiquette system between two or more fellow bros. In the NBA, these are rules that for the most part prevent one NBA bro from showing up another NBA bro, or multiple NBA bros.

So with that being said, in honour of the hoopla that took place at the conclusion of Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers game, we thought we would take a look at some of the top unwritten rules in the NBA.

10) When in Doubt, Run an ISO. 

Sometimes offensive schemes break down because of some good defense or some lazy teammates who just don’t feel the need to set screens or move without the basketball. No worries, DeMar DeRozan, everyone will understand that an isolation play is your only option!

9) Man-hugs are a Must

Before tip-off of every game you must give all five of the starting bros on the other team a man-hug or a shoulder bump. Acknowledge your opposition’s existence before you go to war.

8) No Draymond Green-ing 

Please don’t kick anybody.

7) Covering Tabs

League fines are never fun.

If an opposing player messes with you and you cannot hold your own, or you are just fouled hard enough that you need to take sometime on the floor, expect at least one of your teammate’s to have your back. If your teammate really has your back and goes after the guy who messed with you, he could expect a fine from the NBA. Be a bro and cover the tab!

6) Free-Throw Fives

Hit or miss, after the first free throw, always high five the shooter. It is a way to show faith in your teammate and more importantly give him all the moral support he needs prior to taking the next shot.

5) The Helping Hand

Despite popular belief NBA players are fully capable of getting up themselves, but they can do that on their own time off the court. If a teammate falls on the court, book it to your fallen bro if a whistle blows and offer him your hand. Now this is vital, because if you don’t help your teammate up during an actual NBA game, who knows how long he will remain on the floor?

4) Foot Under Shot Rule

Guarding star players is hard and when the buckets continue piling up, try to understand, that injuring the guy is never the right thing to do. It’s soft and really quite inhumane. So when any player goes up for a jump shot, contest it, but never step forward and wait for him to land on your foot and sprain his ankle. Trust me, it ain’t cool.

3) Seniority

If you are a rookie, expect to have as little say in the locker room as humanly possible. Example: Key Felder, the Cavaliers locker room belongs to LeBron James and the sooner you learn it the better. Expect yourself to cover a lot of dinner tabs as well.

2) Padding Stats

When up big with under 24-seconds to go and the other team is not fouling you in order to stop the clock, yeah, just dribble the ball out.

1) No Airborne Fouls 

This should be common sense, but too often it isn’t. Fouling a player is always okay when trying to defend. I mean, it’s best not to foul him, but sometimes you just have to. But when a player leaves his feet, jumping up for a shot or for a dunk, never foul a player in the air.


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