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Rick Senger
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Posted: 23 August 2018 at 2:55pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The competition committee has recommended a couple rules changes to the Board of Governors.  1) The shot clock gets reset to 14 secs rather than the usual 24 on an offensive rebound.  2) Clarification of "clear path" fouls to remove ref subjectivity.  3) More instances where instant replay is allowed on controversial plays.  They will vote on 9/21.

I'm for all of these I think.  Shortening the shot clock on offensive rebounds will result in less standing around / more action, usually a good thing.  The murkiness and interpretive inconsistency of the "clear path" foul rule has been a standing joke for years.  Allowing instant replays more often may slow the game but it allows refs to make the right call, which is worth it.  My only concern is whether refs will start looking at even the most benign interactions looking for "hostile acts."  Part of what makes the NBA compelling is the physical play and passionate conflict so I hope this isn't a prelude to restricting behavior too much (if it's intended to cut down on some of the rampant bitching I'm for it but we'll see.)

They still haven't solved intentional fouling, however. 


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Joe Hollon
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How to solve intentional fouling:

Two shots and the ball. Done.
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The game turns into a joke when a coach resigns to the "hack-a-whoever" strategy.

Joe's got the right answer.
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Rick Senger
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Yeah, I don't see much fan disagreement about this.  It doesn't just slow the game to a crawl it's ugly to watch.  Too bad the teams and league can't get together on it.
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I really like Joe's idea for intentional fouling.

Shortening the clock on offensive rebounds should have been done ages ago, though.




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Russell Westbrook's knee surgery has to give OKC fans pause, particularly since he waited until now to go under the knife mere weeks before preseason.  The "standard scope" will cost him the entire preseason and likely some early games, and one would think he might also need some time to adjust when he returns.  One of my very favorite players so I hope he's ok.


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