Five Rule Changes Approved For The NBA


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Beginning the 2013-14 season, the NBA will carry out five additional rules. The league approved the new guidelines this past Thursday to begin effectively next year.

According to ESPN, the breakdown of the regulations is below:

The first three involve instant replay, which now can be used:

• When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion.

• To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in.

• During the review of any instant replay situation to permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews.

Additional rules modifications include:

• On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt.

• A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless he is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.

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8 Responses to Five Rule Changes Approved For The NBA

  1. Do you honestly believe that these are the most important things that David Stern and the NBA hierarchy need to deal with at present ? Image wise the game has become a joke, with the players having far too much power , and a fan base that is being alienated by Stern and the union . Rule changes ………… what a joke!

    • CDR says:

      We understand that not many things make you happy with the NBA and the MLB Alan, but at least the sport is trying? We agree with some players having power-trips, but put it this way, whatever it is that the NBA needs to do in order to make their sport look better than the MLB, the NBA will do it. Simply, the MLB is a mess right now.

  2. Isn’t it amazing that every off-season, the NBA is looking at doing things to improve its sport and Major League Baseball… is not?

    • CDR says:

      We hear you Chris. MLB has another monster on their shoulder right now. The Biogenesis-linked MLB players cannot be scratched off by the sport. The game just keeps getting tarnished as we move along. It’s sad.

  3. Gold Price says:

    To review Flagrant 1 calls. Officials will now call a foul “Flagrant” on the floor and then use instant replay to make a determination as to whether the foul is a Flagrant 1, Flagrant 2, or a common foul (if they decide after viewing replay that the foul was not Flagrant).

  4. Sam Brief says:

    Finally, some modifications to the instant replay policy. I always considered it pointless to have some rules that couldn’t be reviewed at the time.

    New post!

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Sam. Yes, while the new rules might force the game to be slightly longer than usual, it will clear up many “unclear” blocking and charging fouls that we often see. The “flopping in the NBA” has yet again taken another hit.


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