NBA Timeout Rules and the Exception
The NBA timeout rules are usually set in their favor by the referees. However, there is an exception for a player to call a timeout himself.
Let’s look at the NBA timeout rules on the bench. A player can sit out for one of several reasons. A player may be suffering from some sort of injury or have a minor technical foul in his report card.
A technical foul in the NBA may cause a team to lose an entire game. The NBA rules state that a player cannot play more than five minutes if he has a technical foul. He may only play the remaining two minutes if the technical fouls were totally inadvertent.
A foul that is unintentional causes a player to be disqualified from the next game. These are called flagrant fouls. A player can be hit with one or more flagrant fouls before he is disqualified. There is no limit on the number of flagrant fouls a player can receive during a game.
Some fouls have nothing to do with the game. These fouls are called “inbounds fouls.” These fouls usually happen when the ball gets too close to the sideline.
A foul is called out of bounds when the ball is within the opponent’s basket and the ball-handler ends up in the penalty area. He may be warned for being out of bounds, but will be automatically charged with a foul.
Inbounds fouls are the least likely to draw an ejection. This is probably because out of bounds calls are rarely called by the officials. These calls should not be confused with the normal fouls.
Sometimes a technical foul from the other team can cancel out the other inbound fouls. This may be why the technical fouls get called so often. A team can only be suspended one time for technical fouls in a row.