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Hello my Avenue! Welcome to another Your Sports First NBA edition. Last time we were anticipating the an agreement in the standoff that was the NBA Lockout. The two sides finally put their brains back into their heads and now we look forward to another jam packed NBA season!
I think I can speak for many when I say that I am tired of hearing the numbers talk when it comes to the two sides agreeing to a collective bargaining agreement. 50/50 this, basketball related revenur that, it all was about to make me throw away my chucks (sike, I don't own a pair of chucks). But we will take a look at some of the notable rule changes and games that you absolutely cannot miss!
Rules & Regulations
Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose, set the bar last year at the age of 22, he earned a NBA MVP award, twice been voted All-NBA, and lead his team to the Eastern Conference Championships. He is now paving the way for young players who may want to follow in his footsteps. The Bulls star earned his nomenclature on a new clause that is apart of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. This "Derrick Rose Clause" allows a player finishing his rookie contract to make up to 30 percent of his entire team's salary. If he's twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award.
This came as a surprise to the humble Chicago native,
"It's unbelievable," Rose told CSNChicago.com. "But the rule, I guess, it fits me for what I've achieved at a young age and hopefully there will be a couple more people like me."
Something tells me this is only the beginning of the "Rose Rules" era...
NBA alters shooting fouls
Stu Jackson, NBA vice president of basketball operations announced Wednesday that there would be several new rule interpretations implemented as a point of emphasis for the 2011-12 officiating staff. According to ESPN,
Some of the other new interpretations include:
- On drives to the basket, a shooting foul will be called only if contact occurs after the offensive player has begun his shooting motion, not after he has initiated his leap toward the basket.
- Substitutions will only be allowed before the final free throw of any trip to the line that is not for a technical or flagrant foul.
- Whether a player's foot is on the three-point line or midcourt line will be determined by where it last touched the floor, meaning a player could have a toe on the three-point line but if he leans back on his heels before he releases the ball a successful shot would be deemed a three-pointer.