Coming soon: A shorter shot clock after offensive rebound?


In an effort to increase shot attempts - particularly at the end of close games - the NBA board of governors are expected to approve a rule change for next season that would reset the shot clock after an offensive rebound to 14 seconds instead of the standard 24.

The NBA is expected to also approve a simplification of the clear-path foul rule and an expansion of the definition of a "hostile act" to more easily lead to a replay review.

The proposed rules changes were first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reports the NBA sent a memo to the general managers and coaches that outlined the changes, which were unanimously recommended by the league's competition committee and will be voted on at a Sept. 20-21 meeting. A two-thirds majority of the board of governors is needed to pass the changes. 

The memo spells out these changes to the clear-path rule:  

• "A personal foul is committed on any offensive player during his team's transition scoring opportunity."

• "When the foul occurs, the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt, no defensive player is ahead of the offensive player with the scoring opportunity and that offensive player is in control of the ball or a pass to him has been released."

• "The defensive foul deprives the offensive team of a transition scoring opportunity."

The "hostile act" definition would extend beyond interaction with another player to also include a hostile interaction with a referee, coach or a fan.


Contact Us