Rules Rumors

Ferris, who loved mathematics, ended up dividing the number of seconds in a 48-minute game (2,880) by the average number of shots taken in a game (120) to get to the 24-second time limit per possession. While he and Biasone often share in the credit for the shot clock, it was Ferris who was singled out during a team banquet at the time. “I found this clip, and the Nats had a team banquet in 1954 where their business manager Bob Sexton credited Leo with pushing the [shot-clock] rule,” Kirst said. “It was in the papers, too. He was integral, there’s no question about that.” The first NBA game to use the 24-second shot clock was Oct. 30, 1954, when the Rochester Royals beat the Boston Celtics 98-95.
While the “hack-a-player” strategy employed by some NBA coaches might not be pretty to watch, it’s likely not going away, commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday. “I’m not going to say we’re never going to change it, but we’ll look at it closely,” Silver said during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike. “We had a long discussion about with the competition committee this summer and the decision was to leave it and let’s continue to track it.
And there’s also the strategy aspect. Silver said NBA teams average one point per possession on average, so why not foul a guy who’s less than a 50 percent shooter? “It’s fascinating when you look at the minute-by-minute television ratings,” Silver said. “It may be countintuitive, but fans are actually not tuning out when it happens. I think it’s fascinating strategy used by Pop (Gregg Popovich) and other great coaches, so it’s part of what draws people in.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he is “on the fence” about intentional fouling away from the ball and expects the league to be “very engaged” about the tactic over the coming months. A day after the San Antonio Spurs sent the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan to the foul line 17 times in a playoff victory, Silver said he once favored a rule change but now isn’t pushing for one. “I’ve gone back and forth,” Silver said during a meeting with a group of Associated Press Sports Editors. “I’ve sat in meetings with some of the greatest players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird who said that players should learn to make their free throws and it’s part of the game. At the same time, it doesn’t make for great television, so I’m on the fence right now.”
The D-League, on top of being a minor league for the NBA (one which will by the end of Wednesday already have two call ups this season) but it is a laboratory of NBA experimentation. Whenever the league wants to see how a new rule might work in practice, they try it out in the D-League. That means this year D-League coaches will get a challenge flag (well, the right to challenge a call). That’s one of a few interesting rule changes for this season the D-League announced Wednesday.