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Owners expected to vote on several rule changes Thursday

Jul 19, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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David Stern tried to streamline — or gain more control over, if you prefer — the NBA Rules Committee. Rather than having to wrangle 30 independent-minded general managers, Stern put together a new hand-picked competition committee of coaches, players and GMs. One where he was more likely to get his ideals accomplished.

But the owners still have to vote on any changes.

That is what supposed to happen Thursday at a Las Vegas meeting. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop got ahold of the agenda and what is interesting is that no vote on changes in flopping rules are on there, although the owners will discuss it. While this is a big issue with fans and a black eye for the league during the playoffs, it’s also not an issue with a simple answer. Clearly Stern wanted to get feedback from owners before moving forward. Same with the idea of the international goaltending rule (where once the ball touches the rim it is live and you can grab the ball right off it).

Here are some of the things the owners are expected to vote on:

• Allowing referees to use instant replay on all flagrant fouls. Really, this should have been happening anyway. But under the current rules referees can review only Flagrant 2 fouls, not the lesser Flagrant 1s. This would let the referees review and amend their calls based on the reviews. You have to think this gets approved

• Allowing referees to use instant replay on late game goaltending/restricted area calls. Another expansion of replay and another pretty logical one. When a game is being decided in the final minute I want the referee to see a guy’s foot was inside the restricted area when he took a charge, or to get a goaltending call right.

• Allowing teams to choose baseline or sideline when inbounding the ball after a timeout. Again, I have no problem with that.

  1. rajbais - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    How about flopping??

  2. ljl2 - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    reinstate hand check rules and I bet flopping goes down

  3. rocketsbb - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Sure this is Great, but wheres the flopping?

  4. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Did you actually read the article? It says flopping will be discussed.

  5. mrpowers88 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Why would a ref need to review if a player was in the restricted area when “no ref in their right mind would call that in that situation/with the game on the line”?

  6. BigBeachBall - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    half court shots should be worth 5 points…. full court…10 pts must be thrown like a “granny shot” for it to count.

    • cmehustle - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Wow! I love comments that make me laugh uncontrollably, more people should comment that way!

  7. fanz928 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    If you take away flopping then all those charges people take will probably be seen as flopping and no one will ever stop a fast break then how do you expect the defensive players be defensive unless every defense player is like lebron or Howard depending on blocks ? If the owners change flopp rules the value of players like r Evans, Shane, bowen decrease which is not fair oh yeah and cardinal in the final flopping like a mf

  8. magicbucs - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    How about each team gets 2 review request per game like on blown non calls like on lebron James in the last seconds of a game which he fouled twice then dragged his feet and no travel was called. Coaches should use a red flag like the nfl. That way the sorry refs can’t sway a game so easy in the final 2 min of games.

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