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Kstat
02-18-2006, 10:41 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2334673

NBA committee votes to change 'clear path' rule
By Chris Sheridan
ESPN.com

The NBA's competition committee approved five small rules changes that will take effect in the 2006-07 season if approved by the league's Board of Governors, ESPN.com learned Friday.

The most notable change would be to the so-called "clear path rule," covering situations in which a player is intentionally fouled to prevent a breakaway. The team being fouled would get two shots and the ball under the proposed change. Currently, the penalty is one shot and the ball.

The other changes approved by the league's competition committee, made up of one representative from each of the 30 teams, are as follows:

When a player on the receiving end of a punching, elbowing or flagrant category two foul is unable to attempt his foul shots, one of the four teammates who were on the court when the foul happened would be able to take the free throws in his place. Under current rules, the team that committed the foul can choose any player on the opposing team -- even someone on the bench -- to shoot the free throws.

Players who are not lined up along the lane would be prohibited from standing anywhere beneath the foul line extended when free throws are being shot. This would end the practice of a player dashing in from the corner to try to tip in a missed free throw.

In an effort to improve the flow of the game, referees would be permitted to let play continue when a defending team gained possession of the ball a split-second after the shot clock expires. Under current rules, if the buzzer sounds when a shot is in mid-air and the ball misses the rim, the referees are required to stop play and award the ball out of bounds on the sideline.

Unlimited substitutions would be allowed during all 20-second timeouts. Currently, they are allowed only during the final two minutes of each half.

The Board of Governors will vote on the proposed changes in April.

The "clear path" rule would be tweaked because statistics showed teams are averaging less than 2 points when clear path fouls are called.

"The original idea behind the clear path foul was we didn't want them to occur. But now, when they do occur, the offended team is not getting the yield point-wise that they should be," NBA vice president Stu Jackson told ESPN.com.

The committee turned down a proposal to move the markings along the foul lane, would would have allowed the non-shooting team's players to line up a few inches closer to the shooter when free throws were about to be attempted.

"We're going to continue to evaluate that one. There's a feeling that maybe it's getting more difficult to secure a rebound as the non-shooting team on a missed free throw, with buys getting pushed under [the basket]," Jackson said. "We didn't pass that one, but we're looking at it."

Kegboy
02-18-2006, 11:49 AM
"The original idea behind the clear path foul was we didn't want them to occur."

Maybe that's why they're never called.

I like the shot-clock change.

Shade
02-18-2006, 11:53 AM
I like all of the proposed changes.

Los Angeles
02-18-2006, 12:43 PM
Good to know that the league is still looking to improve the game.

Roaming Gnome
02-18-2006, 01:25 PM
Personally, I think that the shot clock rule change is the most significant because it is the one that will be used the most. It is rare that a clear path foul is ever called.

Jose Slaughter
02-18-2006, 01:55 PM
Maybe they should make a "flop" an offensive foul & have they ever heard of a thing calling palming?

FreshPrince22
02-18-2006, 01:58 PM
Can we get rid of touch fouls and flopping (as jose said)?

Anthem
02-18-2006, 06:10 PM
When a player on the receiving end of a punching, elbowing or flagrant category two foul is unable to attempt his foul shots, one of the four teammates who were on the court when the foul happened would be able to take the free throws in his place. Under current rules, the team that committed the foul can choose any player on the opposing team -- even someone on the bench -- to shoot the free throws.
So are we calling this "The Kendrick Perkins Rule?"

Kstat
02-18-2006, 06:19 PM
So are we calling this "The Kendrick Perkins Rule?"

He shot them as a result of an ejection, not a flagrant foul.

SycamoreKen
02-18-2006, 06:33 PM
Wasn't it already a rule that persons not on the lane during free throws had to be behind the shooter or is that just the rule in college and high school? The only place I ever saw guys flying in to get rebounds was from behind the shooter since he couldn't move until it hit the rim.

Anthem
02-18-2006, 10:37 PM
He shot them as a result of an ejection, not a flagrant foul.
So with the new rule, Carlisle could still pick Kendrick Perkins?

Nice.

Moses
02-19-2006, 12:58 AM
So with the new rule, Carlisle could still pick Kendrick Perkins?

Nice.
Ben Wallace anyone? :laugh:

Hicks
02-19-2006, 01:03 AM
As I understand it, this flagrant foul rule has nothing to do with what we did vs. Boston. In that case, that had to do with the Celtics fouling, didn't it? In fact, wasn't that involving Pierce going nuts on Tinsley and pushing him? This rule seems to be involving the other team picking their own shooter, which just sounds bizzare to me to begin with, and I've never seen it happen.

Kstat
02-19-2006, 01:06 AM
It involved walker getting a 2nd technical before he was able to shoot his 2 FTs. A very unlikely scenario.

SoupIsGood
02-19-2006, 01:24 AM
It involved walker getting a 2nd technical before he was able to shoot his 2 FTs. A very unlikely scenario.

I thought it was PP?

Kstat
02-19-2006, 01:34 AM
I thought it was PP?


Pierce walker, eh, same thing.

Moses
02-19-2006, 09:12 AM
Pierce walker, eh, same thing.
Well, with the exception of 37% body fat difference between the two. :laugh:

rabid
02-19-2006, 09:42 AM
As I understand it, this flagrant foul rule has nothing to do with what we did vs. Boston. In that case, that had to do with the Celtics fouling, didn't it? In fact, wasn't that involving Pierce going nuts on Tinsley and pushing him? This rule seems to be involving the other team picking their own shooter, which just sounds bizzare to me to begin with, and I've never seen it happen.

I thought it happened to us once this season or last season, though I can't place the game. I remember it being a very weird situation; the other team picked a player on our team who hadn't shot a free throw yet that season.

Anyone else remember this?

Kegboy
02-19-2006, 11:21 AM
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060219/SPORTS0403/602190470


Stern said two minor rules changes have been approved by the Competition Committee, effective next season.

Coaches will be able to call timeouts. Previously, only players could do so.

Also, two free throws plus possession of the ball will be awarded on breakaway fouls. One shot and possession were awarded previously.

Uh, I think this is bigger than anything else we've heard previously. Personally, I don't like it. Just one more opportunity for coaches to nano-manage a game. :shakehead