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Old 04-13-2001, 12:11 AM   #1
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The changes for next season are:

*All existing illegal defense guidelines will be eliminated.

*A defensive 3-second rule will be established, limiting the amount of time a defensive player may stand in the lane when he is not closely guarding anyone.

*Reducing from 10 seconds to 8 seconds the amount of time a team will have to advance the ball past midcourt.

*Redefining what constitutes a foul to allow for brief contact initiated by a defensive player if it does not impede the progress of a player with the ball.


This is probably the biggest announcement in the recent history of the game, much like the impact when the shot clock was instituted. Many teams now will have to totally give their teams a makeover. Will the league be devoid of lots of dunks? Will championship teams be made up of all jumpshooters? (Obviously I"m exaggerating, but still.) How will this affect the game? GOOD? BAD? How about the other rule changes? BIG news in the world of basketball today!
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Old 04-13-2001, 01:49 AM   #2
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Thumbs down Legalizing Zones

Well I don't like the legalizing zone idea. Get ready for a lot more 70 to 65 games next year. Luckily, if these changes fail that the N.B.A. will probably overturn them at the end of next season.


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*A defensive 3-second rule will be established, limiting the amount of time a defensive player may stand in the lane when he is not closely guarding anyone.
To me, this is the key. If the refs call this closely, then the zones won't be so bad because as a big man you might not be able to camp under the basket all day (probably just most of the day). I'm skeptical though because the refs barely ever call the "3-second in the lane" offensive rule and now they have a defensive version to worry about. Oh boy.

I heard now that Seattle is actually interested now in re-signing Patrick Ewing when they had no interest at all before, just because they can tell him, "You're 7-feet. Stand underneath the basket and put your arms up and that's all you have to do". No more having to come out and guard anybody on perimeter who can go right by him. No more of that for Patrick.
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Old 04-13-2001, 09:07 AM   #3
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...I think they should have brought in the travelling rule
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Old 04-13-2001, 10:10 AM   #4
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I love the new rules, but the zone defense rule might by shakey. As Spike said, it probably will be overturned at the end of next season if it fails. I think this was still a good idea because you never know if something will work until you try it. Perhaps this is what the NBA needs.
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Old 04-15-2001, 10:38 AM   #5
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I think the new rules will definatley speed up the game, especially the 8 second rule. I have mixed feeling on the zone rule but all in all its not bad.
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Old 04-15-2001, 10:12 PM   #6
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I really like the rules ... even the zone I guess ... but it will take a while for the league to get used to them. The league finally got an image, one (for example) where every other play is an amazing Vince Carter dunk.

Now the lanes will be clogged a bit, and pure shooters like those players on Milwaukee and Sacramento will thrive. Other teams will need to learn to shoot the ball and not rely on one player.

It'll also change how teams draft this year. Maybe they'll go with pure shooters ... who knows?

Not that it matters, but should next year's champion have a mini-asterik next to it's name?
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