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25/09/2018
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NBA implements FIBA's 14-second shot clock rule

MIES/NEW YORK - The NBA's Board of Governors last Friday approved three rules changes for the 2018-19 season, with the primary one seeing the shot clock reset to 14 seconds (instead of 24), a move that sees basketball's biggest league align itself with FIBA.

Under the new rule, the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios:

  • after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.
  • after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.
  • after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said of the change: "We now will reset the shot clock after an offensive rebound to 14 seconds instead of resetting to 24 as we have in the past. That's a rule that's been in place in FIBA for several years now, it's been a place in the WNBA and we have been experimenting in the G League, and we think it will enhance the entertainment of the game. A team that's down, because it will lead to more possessions, will give them a better chance of coming back and just overall increase pace."

In 2014, FIBA amended Article 29 of the Official Basketball Rules so that the 24-second shot clock be reset to 14 seconds in specific instances to speed up the game. Click here and go to pages 32-34 to find out how it applies.

The NBA's decision comes after FIBA's Central Board approved a wide range of changes to the Official Basketball Rules in June to make the game more spectacular, free-flowing and fluid.

FIBA has a Rule Advisory Group which counts among its members an NBA representative, thereby optimzing the exchange of knowledge.

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