Changing the way the so-called “fault transmissions” are managed this season won’t keep them out of the NBA game.
In fact, the league thinks this kind of play now could make the game even better.
The long-awaited rule change — one of the NBA’s education points of the season — was a major talking point this week for the referees, who have gathered for their pre-season meetings now that training camps around the league are about to open. There are other points to emphasize, but incorrect changes may be the most important.
“Some of the best we’ve played in the NBA is defensive basketball. We don’t want to discourage that; in fact, we think this rule will encourage that because right now we’re asking you to play ball legitimately,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA vice president who oversees On referees and training. “From this point of view, we think basketball is more exciting looming and transitional goal-scoring opportunities – both defensively and offensively – can be the highlights of the plays. We’ve missed some of that and we think this base will inject that exciting play into our game.”
A foul – in which the defender does not play the ball – is what the league classifies as occurring either “during a transitional scoring opportunity or immediately after a change of possession and before the attacking team has had an opportunity to advance the ball.” The exception is in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or extra time.
The new penalty for such a foul is one free throw, which can be attempted by any player of the offending team in the match at the time the foul was committed, along with continued possession by the attacking team.
But the league also hopes that having defenders play the ball in those situations can lead to exciting games, whether gambling results in the offensive team getting an easy score or the defensive team winning with a spin.
“Our players and coaches, they are really good at their jobs,” McCutchen said. “They are good at their jobs, because they are committed to theirs. They will completely stop doing that if we are consistent in our work, which I totally expect. They will then know how to train it properly. And that’s where the glory of transitional basketball lies in our game.”
Other points of education this season are what’s left of recent years, such as players enjoying freedom of the moment both in the mail and on the ocean, putting on proper screens, avoiding travel and “respecting the game” – often meaning not over-pretending to referees or others when they don’t The call is on their way.
Bench behavior will be closely watched as well, after a slight increase in recent years for players who stand in their bench areas during play and often encroach on the touchline or baseline – perhaps too close to the action.
“That would be a bit of a change,” McCutchen said. “We want the players on the bench to be able to interact spontaneously with the exciting game of basketball. But it is important that they don’t put up with the whole game, because now you are having issues with the integrity of the game, the potential for injury for the players in the game, and we want to eliminate all of that.”
There’s another change coming, one where some teams don’t like seeing the light come on.
When the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, makes a scoring change during play – usually if a 3-point shot is a really 3 or 2, or if the basket beats the 24-second shot clock or not – a blue light flashes on the scorer’s table Noting that the decision is about to be announced.
This change will be announced at the first neutral opportunity, which means that the game can be paused in certain situations to update the score.
It’s designed to eliminate situations like those in Game 7 of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, when Miami’s Max Strus made a triple pointer early in the third quarter for the Heat in their game against the Boston Celtics. About 3 minutes into the game before fans in Miami were alerted that those three points were off the scoreboard, after the replay center said Strauss was out of bounds – although the Heat argued that night they saw no corner Specific, saying he was clearly at stake.
Miami ended up losing 100-96.
“The new interpretation will allow us to significantly speed this up so that everyone gets the best information as close to real time as possible,” McCutchen said.