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Top 6 Worst NBA Rules

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Top 6 Worst NBA Rules

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The NBA and League Commissioner David Stern have received a lot of criticism in the past over certain rules and policies that do not rub fans and players the right way.

Before I get any farther, let me say that I appreciate the NBA and its rule makers. The game has advanced very well over the years with changes that have made the whole league better. We have to remember that less than 35 years ago, the NBA did not have a three-point line and less than 60 years ago, the shot clock was nonexistent. When the shot clock came into the league, states that the average points per game for each team boosted from 79.5 to 93.1. This was an extremely important addition to the game which made basketball much more exciting for fans to watch.

But the league sometimes adds restraints and restrictions to the game that annoy fans and players alike. Hopefully future Commissioner-elect Adam Silver – pictured above with Stern – can make some necessary and fruitful alterations.

There are certain regulations that are highly debated and hated among basketball fans. The length of the shot clock is not agreed upon by most. Similarly, many fans wish the league would do away with several of the defensive limitations like the restricted area. Some players were even up in arms when the NBA announced a more strict and professional dress code for the players’ pregame arrival. Does it really matter that players look professional if they get to work and put on gym shorts and a sleeveless shirt?

Although these rules are a bit silly and could use revamping, they cannot hold a candle to the rules on this list. So, I invite you to check out what I believe are the top six worst NBA rules and policies.

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No. 6 Jump Ball

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When two basketball players fling themselves to the ground and wrap up the ball in a tangled mess of gangly arms, the league rules state that the two must have a jump ball. In principle, this seems to reward both teams' for hustle and effort by giving each an equal opportunity to gain possession of the ball. However, this only works out the way the league planned when the two players are of similar height and jumping ability.

The NBA should consider changing this rule so that each team may choose any of their five players on the floor at the time of the jump ball to participate in the jump. This will allow an equal chance for each team to get the ball. I am tired of seeing little point guards jump against seven-footers. As you can see by the picture above, Serge Ibaka and Tyson Chandler make for a way more interesting jump ball than Chandler versus Kyrie Irving.

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No. 5 Play Review Process

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Although not all plays are reviewable – which I believe is a good thing – NBA referees are allowed to go to the television monitors to review certain plays. I am all for this, but the policies which govern this process are mediocre at best. It takes so long for the referees to view the play, check the shot clock and game clock and to ensure they have things correct.

A friend of mine had a good suggestion for a solution for this issue. The NBA should provide a fourth referee sitting at the media desk who is designated as the official reviewer. With this in place, the referees will not need to walk over to the table, turn the small, outdated television monitor around and waste all that time trying to do something someone else could have already started working on.

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No. 4 Goaltending

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Now do not get me wrong. I strongly believe that defensive goaltending should remain as a rule or else the NBA would turn into a dunking only game. However, I have an issue with offensive goaltending as well as the extension of defensive goaltending to what happens after the ball hits the rim. As it currently stands, players are not allowed to touch a shot ball until after the ball has touched the rim and cleared the imaginary lines above the rim. It is ridiculous to believe that the referees are able to clearly see the difference of mere millimeters in real time speed.

The international game currently allows for players to grab the ball after it touches the rim, regardless of its location and I believe the NBA ought to adopt this rule. This type of play really does not happen all that often in international play and the league could certainly use the more exciting plays like put-back dunks.

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No. 3 Double Technical Fouls

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The technical foul is a way for referees to keep players and coaches in check when they are unruly, disrespectful or commit a flagrant foul. The double technical foul is a way for referees to cop out when they are not sure who is at fault.

I have seen too many occasions where a player hits another player with a wild elbow or shoves a player to the ground and the referees start noticing the scuffle around the time the offended player retaliates. Not knowing who is truly at fault, the referee calls a double technical foul, one for each player involved. This method of regulating a game is truly unproductive and does not punish the appropriate player all too often.

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No. 2 Flopping Fines

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Before the 2012-13 NBA season began, the league decided to crack down on the blatant flopping. To do so, they announced that all players would be fined for flopping. The first instance would only merit a warning, but second-time offenders would have to pay a whopping $5,000! After that, the fine increased, but ESPN reports that of all 24 reported flopping violations this year, only five of them were second offenders and none were third or higher. With the league minimum salary for rookies at almost half a million dollars, a $5,000 or $10,000 fine is like taking a child’s toy away for ten minutes.

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No. 1 Advancing the Ball with a Timeout

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports’s rulebook states, “If a 20-second timeout is requested by the offensive team during the last two minutes of the fourth period and/or any overtime period…the team granted the timeout shall have the option of putting the ball into play at the 28' hash mark in the front court or at the designated spot out-of-bounds.”

Can someone please explain how that is fair? That seems similar to telling a football coach that if he has a timeout remaining in the last moments of the game, he can call it and move his team 20 yards closer to the goal line. “What’s that, Floyd Mayweather? You want to call a timeout? Okay, you get three free punches on your opponent and he cannot defend himself.” Why does the league reward a team who may only have seconds left to get all the way across the court by moving them without any time elapsed?

So that does it for my list of the six worst rules in the NBA. I would love to hear your opinion on these rules or if you would like to add some other terrible ones, please leave a comment below.