By: Tom McDermott
As reported by ESPN, the NBA is reportedly set to pass three new rule changes. The report states that the NBA’s Board of Governors will likely pass rules to extended when the shot clock is reset, the definition of a clear path foul and the expansion of the definition of a clear-path foul to trigger more replays. Under the new rules, the shot clock would reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound. The current clear-path rule would be made simpler if approved. The final rule proposal would be to expand on the current definition of a “hostile act”, with the purpose of creating more replays.
With all of the new rule changes proposed, the question becomes, what do these new rules do for the NBA? I believe that the expansion of replays for hostile acts is a clear push for player safety in the NBA, which is a trend we are seeing in all major sports. Since there will be more replays, this new rule will do little more than delay games and cause controversy. We already see the NBA send many of these questionable fouls to replay with success. I do not feel that they need to push every hard foul into something more than aggression and hustle. The current system was working very well and the changes proposed will cause these routine plays to drag out the game forever. The clear path changes coming to the league will be a welcomed improvement. Any rule changes that come to simplify the existing ones will better the league even if they do nothing more than make the fans understand the game better.
Changing the shot clock to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound is a genius move for the beloved comeback. Offensive teams trying to kill clock will no longer be able to do so for the full 24 seconds, and the ball will be changing hands way more often. This will increase the number of offensive possessions throughout the game. The increase we will see in possessions will undoubtedly cause greater scoring chances and higher scores. This change will likely further separate the top teams of the NBA from their counterparts at the bottom. The NBA is going down this path of fast paced, high possession basketball and these new rule changes will only enhance this revolution.
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