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.
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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.