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Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  35 responses

NBA to Adopt International Rules for Goaltending?


According to the NY Daily News, NBA Commissioner David Stern strong-armed into existence the NBA’s newly-formed competition committee, and he wants them to take a long, hard look at changing the rules as they pertain to goaltending and those pesky floppers: “From ordering lockouts to scheduling Christmas Day games to determining who has power and who doesn’t, nothing of consequence in the NBA ever happens without David Stern calling the shots. On that last front, the league’s 30 general managers lost a good deal of power this past week when the NBA announced that a new ‘ompetition committee’ that includes select owners, GMs and coaches will decide all future rules changes, along with other potential modifications to the game. reviously, and for what seems like the last 25 years, rules changes were the exclusive domain of the league’s general managers. Owners and coaches were not a part of the process. Unless the GMs wanted to make a change, it never got to a vote. But in recent years, that system had not been working for Stern. So he ordered the change. [...] ‘Stern is looking for more control,’ said a source. ‘He hasn’t been able to get some things done because he’s had to deal with 30 general managers and he can’t control them. But now he has his people on the committee.’ Stern’s new committee is expected to work on two major rules changes right away: Adopting the international rule for goaltending, meaning that balls could be legally knocked off the rim or backboard that now would result in a basket; and penalizing ‘floppers.’ Stern has talked to GMs in the past about changing the goaltending rule, but never got anywhere. But now he’ll have a more receptive group to consider what would be a dramatic change in the defensive rules.”

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  • satchow

    Somewhere JaVale McGee has a big goofy grin on his face.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    that international goaltending rule is absurd.

  • Ronan

    Dwight Howard would become the NBA top scorer

  • whooo!

    Since it’s a rule everywhere else basketball is played, it shouldn’t be a problem… Also one less judgment call for refs to screw up is good for the league.

  • LA Huey

    Sounds fun.

  • dsleepy

    nba jam…

  • Ronan

    * : I mean, if the ball can be legally knocked off the rim, it can be legally punched through it, no?

  • Zabbah

    The funny thing is a couple years ago FIBA was thinking of adopting the NBA’s rule for goaltending because it made sense. I can’t make sense of this current development, however. This is just stupid. You know that we can get computers to track whether the ball is inside the ‘cylinder,’ right?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^but they don’t use them, and miss a gang of goaltending calls

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i think van gundy had the best idea to solve goal tending, a ball that changes color on the way down

  • underdog

    I hope floppers are gonna get T’d up.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The defensive 3 second rule is the one they should consider abolishing. With that rule in place, it’s practically impossible to play an effective zone defense. But, saying that, I do understand why it is in place. So what does the league prefer, an easier offense, or more defense orientated.

  • bigA

    I hate it that those NBA guys can’t just punch the ball in when it’s on the rim. I think they should change that rule to the FIBA rule.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is the rules we use when we play pool ball. A lot more people are going to get dunked on once the players get used to that. I’m all for it.

  • LA Huey

    nbk, lol. Yeah, same result when my boys and I would lower the rim to 8 feet back in middle school and abolished goal tending. Hilarious.

    GP23, zone is for wimps and hiding liabilities. =)

  • Joe

    Wait…I thought the League, wanted scoring to increase. This goaltending rule would not help with that at all..scoring would go down.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    If the NBA decides to change the goaltending rules its goin to give the advantage to player’s with athleticism and take from skill and boxing out. I think flopping is hard to call in real time but if later when refs are reviewing tape players should be fined

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Came for the McGee jokes, leaves disappointed.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    All those in favor of the goaltending rule are out of your f*cking minds. The NBA’s rule on goaltending has been around for decades and now some leprechaun wants to turn the NBA on it’s head. F*CK David Stern.

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    Yes please

  • bike

    The goaltending rule could get out of hand in today’s nba where there are so many athletic tall guys. Would it count as a blocked shot?

  • larrylegend

    NO NO NO!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    This exact same story ran about roughly one year ago. Seriously, search the archives; it’s right there. It’s not gonna happen.

  • LA Huey

    Caboose is right. It’s the NBA’s way of letting us know that it’s spring.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Stupid Stern.

  • Mega

    Javale Mcgee is gonna have the highest ‘In Cylinder Skills’ attribute in nba 2k13, maybe tied with D12

  • BBaller

    Figure out how to stop the flopping, leave the goaltending rule alone.

  • hushabomb

    What I don’t understand is why the NBA is trying to follow FIBA rules when the NBA sets the rules 90% of the time. Things like the 3PT line and the charge/block in the lane.

    Why is the NBA trying to make basketball more European when everyone wants to make it to the NBA. For a player outside of the US, you would want the conditions to be like the NBA so you can get a feeling for the game and not be so far behind

  • http://www.yahoo.com Captain Obvious

    David stern = Hitler……… Yep that’s right I said it

  • Justin G.

    cosign BBaller. The goaltending rule is fine but the flopping has to stop. The easy way is to give them a technical foul, equating it to a 2 minute diving call in hockey. You only get 2 per game so with the next one being an ejection and eventually a suspension you’ll see guys stop that crap real fast.

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    Watching Americans argue against the FIBA goaltending rule is like watching Americans argue against universal health care. Here’s a tip: read the theory, watch it enacted, THEN make a call on how it works. ESS EM ACHE.

  • dan

    i dont care about the goaltending but penalties for flopping is the best idea ive heard in years

  • naoanaoa

    The rule should stay as is, I watch Spanish league basketball all the time and the goal tending rule simply makes no sense in Europe. If anything, they should change it to NBA rule and not the other way around. Now flopping should be Td up for sure, no one should be doubting that.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    Penalties for flopping sounds good, but it’d be incredibly difficult to enforce. Just don’t call a foul if you think its a flop, its that simple. The goalteanding thing won’t be as great as many of you think, not at first anyway. When you’ve had to leave the ball alone while its on the rim for the last 20-30 years you’ve been hooping, its not gonna be easy to just start goaltending.

  • IGGI

    Go Suck on a lemon Mr. David Stern. F–U.

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