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Tiago Splitter prefers NBA goaltending rule

Sep 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Tsplitter.jpgTiago Splitter has spent his entire career playing under the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball hits the rim it’s live and you can knock it off.

David Stern has expressed his admiration of that rule and the D-League will have it next season.

Splitter doesn’t love the idea he told the San Antonio News Express, he likes the NBA rule (you can’t touch the ball when it is in the imaginary cylinder above the rim).

“I think here the people are more athletic, and it’s easier to do that,” he said. “I think it’s better to keep it like it is.”

In international ball you really only see the ball taken off the rim a handful of times a game. But Splitter is right, the NBA is far more athletic and with that guys likely would be more active with this rule. Guys would be looking to swat the ball off the rim.

It’s an interesting idea, we’ll be watching to see how it plays out in the D-League.

  1. Buddahfan - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Here is the truth about why Stern is testing the FIBA rim rule in the D-League
    The NBA is first and foremost about entertainment
    The NBA has a lot of athletic players who can play above the rim.
    By instituting the FIBA rim rule in the NBA it will allow those athletic players to showcase their athleticism in a way that they could not previously do.
    The more athleticism that can be showcased in the NBA the more entertaining the game becomes.
    The more entertaining the game becomes the more revenue the league will generate.
    End of story

  2. Maineiac - Sep 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    If the rule goes through we’ll have another stat to track.

  3. Jeff Fisher's Beard - Sep 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    It might be a great show of athleticism, but scoring would go down because of it. That is why they are testing it in the D-league, to gauge just how exciting it is vs the inevitable decline in scoring. If there is not a big drop off in points I think this would be a really good idea, but America doesn’t want to see super defensive, low scoring Finals like Piston/Spurs where nobody was able to score 100 points over a 7 game series.

  4. HoopsFanMike - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    This is a great rule for teams that have ‘true’ centers, not hybrids like Nowitzki, Bosh, etc… I think that teams with deep-post presences, 7-footers, will benefit as they will be under the rim, in position to knock out those shots lingering near the rim.
    I’m OK with the rule as it is, but am fine with the FIBA version. This isn’t like the elementary-school 3-pt line, or the wacky lane (both of which FIBA is correctly doing away with) – this rule would reward teams with athletic bigs and players with the hops to get to the rim, and would create a lot more highlight plays.
    Why not try it out? It’ll be a lot of fun to see some of the swats away from the rim…

  5. HoopsFanMike - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    This is a great rule for teams that have ‘true’ centers, not hybrids like Nowitzki, Bosh, etc… I think that teams with deep-post presences, 7-footers, will benefit as they will be under the rim, in position to knock out those shots lingering near the rim.
    I’m OK with the rule as it is, but am fine with the FIBA version. This isn’t like the elementary-school 3-pt line, or the wacky lane (both of which FIBA is correctly doing away with) – this rule would reward teams with athletic bigs and players with the hops to get to the rim, and would create a lot more highlight plays.
    Why not try it out? It’ll be a lot of fun to see some of the swats away from the rim…

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