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NBA approves five rule changes for 2013-2014 season

A rule involving instant replay could have a big impact on the Cavaliers for next season.  Effective this fall, replay will be used to determine whether an a defensive player was in the restricted area of the paint. From the NBA League Office:

Instant replay may now be used:

• When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion.

• To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in.

• During the review of any instant replay situation to permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews.

The Cavaliers drew 1.1 charges per game last season, good for 13th in the league with several players who were effective drawing charges including Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller. Cleveland also has a couple of guards that were victim to charge calls in the paint including All-Star Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. With Mike Brown’s focus on defense, this could be an important change for the Cavs.

In addition, the following rule changes will also take place next season:

On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt.

A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless he is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.

The league also approved Charlotte’s name change request back to Hornets starting in the 2014-2015 season.

[Related: Cavaliers beat Spurs, advance to quarterfinals in Summer League Tournament]

  • Ezzie Goldish

    On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt.

    I see the point in this rule, but I hope nobody uses this as a way to gamble for a steal of a pass off a loose ball, while then grabbing at the player going past them if they miss.

  • Wow

    so the Miami floppers will be under more scrutiny then?

  • Steve

    “In the frontcourt” should take care of that. But we’ll see how the rule is actually applied.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Yeah I did think that line was also smart. I guess we’ll see, like you said…

  • Harv 21

    All of these make good sense. But I’m curious about the last thing mentioned: how were players abusing the “not immediately returning to the floor” thing? Not sure what the refs had trouble controlling.

  • co811809

    so lebron eating fans french fries won’t be allowed? And can someone answer me this; is this at any point in the game or just the last two minutes like the other reviews?