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As expected, the NBA Board of Governors approved three rule changes for the 2018-19 season, the league announced through a press release Friday.
While the changes will appear to be minor, each will have impacts on every game contested this season.
Starting with preseason play, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in offensive rebounding situations, as opposed to 24; the clear-path foul rule will be simplified; and the definition of a “hostile act” will be expanded for purposes of triggering instant-replay review.
Here’s a closer look at the three changes:
* The shot clock will now reset to 14 seconds when an offensive player rebounds a missed field goal or free throw that makes contact with the rim. It will also do so when a loose-ball foul is called on the defensive team after any type of missed shot hits the rim and after the offensive team maintains possession after the ball goes out of bounds right after a missed shot that hits the rim.
This rule has already been utilized in FIBA competition since 2014, the WNBA beginning in 2016 and the G League starting with last season.
It’s premise is to speed up the game.
* The clear-path foul definition comes down to an official being able to whistle for it during transition opportunities when the ball is ahead of the offensive player in a fastbreak scoring chance, there is no defender ahead of the offensive player looking to score in transition, the offensive player in transition is in control of the basketball or the foul deprives the team in possession of a chance to score.
The change is an effort to make the clear-path foul less of a judgement call by referees and more so going by a set of prerequisites.
Here’s a video posted by the NBA league office showing examples of how the rule will be different this season than in years past:
The NBA Board of Governors today unanimously approved rules changes in advance of the 2018-19 season. This includes a simplification of the clear path foul rule. To view examples of the clear path foul rule simplification, see the video below. pic.twitter.com/HQjJCqK5rv
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) September 21, 2018
* The new definition of “hostile act” has been increased to allow for instant-replay reviews by referees to “determine the appropriate penalty got players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans,” according to the press release.
In addition to the three rule changes, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Board of Governors also voted to do the following:
The NBA's Board of Governors also passed an increase in retirement benefits for NBA GM's, coaches, trainers and senior basketball executives, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018