Crean explained himself on Twitter and used the opportunity to pander to the faithful Indiana fans:
The gum I dropped tonight was a fresh piece of Dentyne Ice. No 5 second rule was in effect.— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) November 16, 2012
Now, even if it was used, it wouldn't matter. Branch McCracken Court at ASSEMBLY HALL is the cleanest and greatest court around.— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) November 16, 2012
In our opinion, the 5 second rule can't possibly apply to gum, as it is sticky by nature and naturally will stick to any dirt or germs the second it touches the floor. Coach Crean obviously disagrees.
Dentyne Ice must be really good gum.
Video via. H/T Dagger.