The New NBA Rules has affected every team on the court. The most noticeable change is that fouls now come in five different sizes, from the current three (which was changed from a two-foot line to three feet at the end of last season). Teams are also penalized for being late to half-time and not getting out in time. There will still be whistled for other types of infractions, but now they will be called at the half-time break instead of at the start of the half.
The changes do not affect players currently playing under the league’s existing rules. They can play as they normally do. If they choose, they can continue playing with two points. They only lose one point for being late to the bench. This is contrary to what happened during the Showtime League, when players were disqualified for being late to the bench in an exhibition game.
The first major rule change is that players are no longer permitted to start the ball moving toward their net before their basket. The penalty was meted out recently to Joakim Noah, who started the move toward the basket with his left foot. This meant he had to stop at one of the free-throw poles positioned around the court. He has since corrected this violation. Noah was not happy with this ruling, calling it “absurd”.
Now, there are five different types of penalty that can be assessed. You get the standard three-point penalty, which will lead to a shooting foul if the defender fouls you. A two-point penalty will result in a turnover and a free throw. A triple-foul will earn you a technical foul. These are all new, and Noah said he plans to try them.
The changes affect players in several different ways. Teams will play more aggressive on defense, with less focus on switching players into smaller roles on the defensive end. There will be more two-on-one action, so players will have more opportunities to block shots, rebound, and even steal the ball.
Noah has played defense for many years, but the increased emphasis on switching on the perimeter of the court has him excited about the chance to take advantage of the new NBA rules. “I think this is a great opportunity for me to be a better player,” he said. “I just need to learn more about it and I think that my teammates will be happy with me.” They should be, because these new rules make every game more competitive.