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NBA Rule Changes

As the season approaches, NBA fans will see three rules changes that will impact the game.

Shot Clock Resetting to 14 Seconds

This could be the biggest change that fans will see. The shot clock will now reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound. This rule aligns with FIBA basketball. The NBA has studied the impact of this rule via the G-League and the WNBA. The hope by the league is by shortening the clock to a 14 second reset, there will be more possessions at the end of the game.

Clear Path Rule

The Clear Path rule is being simplified by the league. The rule will follow the following guidelines:

A clear path foul is now defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

The goal of the rule is to take the judgment portion out of the violation.

Expanded Definition of “Hostile Act” for Replay Purposes

Essentially the rule will extend beyond interaction with another player. It will allow referees to take a look at the replay if hostile interaction happens with a referee, coach or a fan.


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