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David Stern focused on some serious NBA rule changes

May 31, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

NBA Commissioner Stern participates in a panel session at The Cable Show in Boston Reuters

There was a time — all the way back to last year — when if David Stern wanted to get an NBA rule changed, he had to convince a majority of NBA general managers to go along with him.

So Stern changed the rules. There is a new NBA Competition Committee, handpicked by Stern, which includes a couple owners, a couple coaches and some GMs. A smaller group more likely to make big changes.

And when Stern met with reporters before the NBA Draft Lottery, he was thinking big changes. Like eliminating basket interference. From Henry Abbott at TrueHoop:

“I happen to be a fan of the elimination of basket interference,” he says of the rule that prohibits offensive players from touching the ball while it is in the area above the rim. “I think it’s one of those plays that if you look at it, and if you watch the number of times that players either do or don’t touch the ball, it really puts the referees in a very uncomfortable position, because even on replay, I’m not sure you can get it right

You’ll see this at the Olympics this summer because it’s an international rule — once a shot touches the rim you can just go up and grab it off. Can you imagine what guys like JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard and others can do if they can knock shots off the rim?

Stern also wants to attack flopping, something that has ballooned as a public issue during the playoffs. From the AP:

“I think we are going to approach something that many tell me is impossible, which is deciding whether someone was acting or was actually, and thereby tending, intending to trick the fans, and the referees; or, whether there was a legitimate reason for that particular person to go sprawling,” Stern said. “And then the question is, what to do in that case, and that’s the kind of discussion that I look forward to having with the committee.”

Two other changes Stern discussed. One is to give referees more review options, particularly in the case of flagrant fouls. Rather than often having the league office upgrade/downgrade a foul, he wants the referees to review more.

Also, Stern again talked about wanting the Olympic basketball tournament in future years to be an under-23 tournament, as is done with soccer. That would make the World Championships the bigger stage (something FIBA likes as well).

  1. southpaw77 - May 31, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    How about televising the actual lottery that’s held in some secret back room like its part of the skull & bones secret society.

    Cutting in half all the timeouts at the end of a game.

    Change the blocking foul to being actually set for over a second. Like a second and a half.

  2. dadawg77 - May 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    How about new refs? An upgrade from bad to mediocre would do wonders for the game.

  3. lalakersalldammdayy24 - May 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Nice!!! Lets seriously do something about these players that flopp with there acting lol i hate floppers thats not even part of basketball!!!!!! Player fines & suspenions -1rst timers -25k 2nd timers-45k & 3rd timers-65k & 3-4 gm Suspenions & players who keep repeating this new rule should be fined 85k & 7gm suspension!!!!!
    Gm suspensions!!!! So i really hope they do something like this^

  4. sweetnlow44 - May 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Where can I apply to be on the flopping committee? I’d love administering penalties to these actors like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Luis Scola, Paul Pierce, Ginobli, Harden, and so many more!

    And yes, take away some time outs (at least the media timeouts). There’s WAY too many now.

    Start calling fouls on offensive players attacking the defender instead of attacking the rim – looking to draw a foul more than they are looking to make the basket. You know, like what Chris Paul does every time he drives.

    Administer a technical foul every time Doc Rivers cries to the refs with that pathetic looking crybaby face.

    Implement a traveling rule. Like if you take more than 2 steps without dribbling, it’s called traveling and you lose the ball and the other team gets it.

  5. BigBeachBall - May 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    pro’s should be banned from using twitter… starting with baron davis

  6. cantonbound13 - May 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    How about a flopping rule? You can call it the Wade rule. How about controlling the refs from sending LeBron to the line every time he touches the ball?

  7. chiadam - May 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Rule change #1: Dwyane Wade is allowed to slap people in the face.
    Rule change #2: Take a team off the league’s hands, get the first pick in the draft.

  8. lancer255 - May 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    How about limitations on neck tatoos

  9. 20dollardinners - May 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I am going to be the devil’s advocate here. I don’t think refs do a bad job. Their challenge is the interpretation of calls. For example a rookie call, vet call, beginning of game call, last 2 minute foul, etc. I am happy as a fan when an entire game is called consistently. That being said I like when they swallow their whistles in the last 2 minutes.

    Flopping is a huge issue – the solution ALWAYS CALL A FOUL. Sometimes it will be a charge, and if not – blocking. The amount of no-calls for flops only encourages the behavior. It’s like watching soccer.

    I watch a lot of basketball and I don’t remember a lot of games where I thought “man that was terribly called.” Sometimes they miss one, know it, and give a call on the other end. I think they balance it out well.

  10. bleedgreen4life - May 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    How about this. It really grinds my gears when someone drives the lane, misses an easy layup and the ref calls the foul. Its not the fact that the foul was called but its because the ref waits to see if the ball goes in before blowing the whistle. If the layup is missed the ref will call the foul but if he makes it, most times referees will swallow the whistles. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that happen this season.

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