HoopsHype Stu Jackson rumors
The league will also make traveling in the post and on the perimeter a point of emphasis, with a player hopping off of and landing on the same foot viewed as an automatic violation. Referees will also consider locking or clamping an opponent's arm or hand under the basket while battling for a rebound and discontinued or hesitation dribbles as automatic violations. Several rule changes will also be introduced, most to shorten the overall length of games and speed up the final minutes of a contest: • Substitutions will only be allowed before the final free throw of any trip to the line that is not for a technical or flagrant foul. • Two horns will be sounded 15 seconds apart after every timeout. Teams whose players are not moving toward the court as soon as the second horn sounds will receive a delay-of-game warning. ESPN.com
The eight-second backcourt violation will occur when the shot clock reaches 15 seconds, rather than 16. The last rule is necessary because the 24- second shot clock will now be equipped to show 10ths for the final five seconds and work as a "true" clock. From a technical standpoint, the old shot clock began with 24.9 seconds and expired with .9 left. Now the clock will switch from 24 to 23 seconds after .1 second has expired. Jackson said a survey of coaches determined when the shot clock would break into 10ths. "We didn't want to run them for the whole 24 seconds and the consensus was, from a strategy standpoint, that the final five seconds were the most valuable," he said. "Before, you could have two seconds left on the shot clock but you wouldn't know if it was 2.9 or 2.1. That makes a big difference." ESPN.com
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