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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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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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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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Kyrie Irving's successful trade request last year (and Kawhi's some months back) probably helped inspire Jimmy Butler's similar request (with preferred teams) yesterday.   His interest in the Knicks was already an open rumor but the Clippers and Nets making the list was a bit of a surprise.  Wonder where he ends up.
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Apparently, the Clippers is Butler's preferred
destination.

I'd like to see him with the Nets. They have a good
coach and a young team. It would also help attract
Kyrie. The Knick is always going to be a mess.
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Fascinating to see the dysfunction in Minnesota play out... Thibs etal saying they have no plans to trade Butler but the owner saying they're "open for business" and to bypass the front office if necessary and go directly to him.  Thibs gave up a lot for Butler and obviously he knows his job is probably lost when Butler gets traded for something lesser and Minnesota misses the playoffs.  Really his job is already lost barring something miraculous, though.
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Rick, any reasons given as to why Butler wants to leave?
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The rumors I've heard suggest Butler had chemistry issues with KAT and Wiggins (possibly he didn't approve of their (lacking) work ethic?)  Dunno if that's the real and main issue but considering Butler came in as a Thibodeau booster something must have been pretty wrong for him to reverse course after just one season.

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Surprised no Butler deal has emerged given the owner's vow to move him quickly.  Thibs says he's expected to start their first game, which could be all kinds of awkward.  Since the Knicks apparently have no intention of signing Porzingis to a max extension by today, their having just stretched and waived Noah does make space for Butler.  What could they offer? 

Wellll, there's Porzingis, who seemed untouchable until his serious injury (but probably still is).  There's Tim Hardaway (17.5 PPG), Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Trey Burke and Ntilikina.  Given no other teams have apparently really made legit offers, some combination of those players seems plausible to get a deal done if they want.  But then, Butler's a two-way player and the Knicks don't seem to covet that.

The Celtics have looked sluggish pre-season and Gordon Hayward has looked rusty in particular.  Boston opens with 4 games in 6 nights (including Philly and at Toronto) so they'll be tested right out of the gate.

The regular season starts tomorrow night!!
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NBA starts tonight! Iím picking Celtics over Rockets in the Finals with
Embiid as my MVP pick. Letís get it on!!!
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Joe, I thought you seemed down on Houston after Ariza and Mbah a Moute left and Melo signed on?  Anyway I believe it's either Boston (great balance, best D to challenge GS and when healthy, plenty of guys to create their own shots), Houston (scary good offense; if Paul stays healthy they're unreal) or GS (ridiculous firepower, particularly if Boogie can make it back by Feb.) Though my heart says Boston my head says it's still GS' world barring major injuries or sheer player apathy.  Embiid as MVP is a bold pick; if he stays healthy nobody can stop him (or his hilarious tweets) but I say he's still two years away.  I'm picking either  Giannis or LeBron (whoever's team has the better record will win MVP.)
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Rick,

I was sort of down on Houston's moves but I decided I
would roll with Harden, Paul and Melo with a lot to
prove. I really like Capella too.

I look for Philly to at least be the second best team
in the East and for Embiid to but up something like
24-12 with a couple blocks. I don't think the Lakers
or Bucks will be good enough for LeBron or Giannis to
win MVP. I don't see LeBron playing major minutes
like he has been either, I think they'll scale him
back for next year when they have Kawhi, Anthony
Davis, Jimmy Butler and Kevin Durant all join the
Lakers. I only sort of think that's a joke...
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