The Dallas Mavericks constantly being fined for excessive celebrations on the bench became one of the weirdest storylines of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. As the Mavs made a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals, the organization amassed $175,000 in fines for failing to follow league rules on bench decorum.

Now the league is taking another step to enforce bench decorum rules for next season. The NBA Competition Committee is submitting a proposal to the Board of Governors that would impose “tougher penalties” on teams that fail to keep their benches in order, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. Haynes said a point of attention will be to ensure bench players are not standing for long periods and blocking the view of fans on the pitch.

The Mavs’ biggest culprit was usually reserve guard Theo Pinson. The former North Carolina Tar Heels star wasn’t even cleared to play in the playoffs because he was on a two-way deal that saw him split time between the Mavs and their G League affiliate , but that hasn’t stopped him from being a regular part of the action from the bench. In the Conference Finals, Stephen Curry threw the ball to Pinson, who was standing on the bench with his arm raised while wearing a white shirt – the same color as the Warriors jerseys. The next game, a referee asked Pinson to change his shirt before the match. If you watched the Mavs during the playoffs, you’ve probably seen Pinson jump up and down, cheer on his teammates and talk right down to the opposition throughout the playoffs.

Dallas guard Spencer Dinwiddie called Pinson the best teammate he’s ever had in the NBA. Chris Paul even credited Pinson with being a good player in a game he didn’t play. The Mavs obviously liked having him around as they brought him back on a new contract this year.

Fans immediately called the new bench decorum rules the “Theo Pinson rule” after it was pointed out.

Pinson’s bench antics have been going on for years between the Knicks, Nets and Mavericks. Here’s a video compilation of Pinson’s best bench moments with the Knicks. Here are some of Pinson’s best bench moments from last season.

And here’s a segment where he was mic on the bench with the Mavs:

Pinson appeared in 19 games for the Mavs last season and scored 48 total points. He was a great player on North Carolina’s national championship team in 2017, but in the league he’s mostly been someone who stuck around because everyone in the locker room loves him. It’s not a bad way to be.

Pinson must be the first player with a 2.9 career scoring average to get a rule symbolically named after him. What a legacy.