Recent Los Angeles Lakers news involves some potential rule changes coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.
There has been plenty of Los Angeles Lakers news this offseason. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka retooled the roster, adding a bunch of veterans headlined by LeBron James to their impressive young core. Recent Lakers news is something that will impact the entire league.
The NBA is reportedly considering some rule changes for the upcoming season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, one of the proposed rule changes involves the shot clock after an offensive rebound.
Wojnarowski reports that the NBA competition committee is going to recommend a rule change of resetting the shot clock to 14 seconds, instead of 24, after an offensive rebound. The shot clock rule is something the league has been experimenting with recently.
The 2018 Summer League used the 14-second reset rule. The WNBA implemented the rule back in 2016 after it was recommended by their competition committee. Last season, it was also used in the G League, so naturally, it should reach the next level sooner than later.
Another rule change that is on the table involves the “hostile act” call. The proposed rule will expand on the definition of what makes a “hostile act” for the purpose of replay review.
The third and final rule change that Wojnarowski reports being on the table is the simplification of the clear path foul. As things are currently constituted, there is a lot that referees have to look at to determine if something was a clear path foul or not. Simplifying the rule will make things easier for referees and should shorten the amount of time it takes to review a call.
In addition to sharing the new rules on the table, Wojnarowski went a step further and said the rules are expected to be passed by the NBA board of governors at their meeting. The meeting will take place on Sept. 20 and 21. After that, it will go to teams for approval, at which point, two-thirds of the owners will have to approve the changes.
At this point in time, it would be a surprise if any of those rules don’t pass. They all make sense, as the shot clock reset should provide more shot attempts, which equals more offense, which the fans love.
Simplifying rules is always a good route to take as well. No one wants to stand around watching the referees constantly watching a monitor reviewing a call. Simplifying the calls should speed those up and keep the pace of the game moving in the right direction.