Originally Posted by elementally morale
In my country, it is disrespectful not to score as many points as you can. All my coaches told us that showing respect starts with not toying with your opponent and that we should beat the opposing team by the most points possible. Sure, the starters were off the court at the end of a blowout game, but the reserves still had to score as many points as they could. Had any of my former coaches seen us not trying to score when there was a free lane to the basket, we would have been benched at that very moment.
Showing respect can vary from country to country, I guess.
It's that way in the US also, we're only talking about the last 5 seconds or less of a game with a team up 8+ and with possession. Just look at the Olympics earlier this year; the US were blowing teams out by 40+ early in the tournament and they kept playing hard because it would have been disrespectful not to.