The NBA will adopt some new rules for next year. With the playoff seeding fiasco, be sure that this won't be the only changes. But here are the six, mostly minor changes.
-Head coaches will be able to call timeouts. No biggie, but important. Instead of the image of a coach jumping up and down trying to get someone's attention to call a timeout...a coach can just grab an official and do it themselves. The old rule allowed for a coach to call a timeout if play has stopped due to a player bleeding.
-"Clear Path" foul nets two free throws and possession. It used to be just one shot and possession.
-Coach picks his own free thrower after a Flagarant 1. In the past, the opposing coach picked a shooter. Now, the coach of the injured player makes the call.
-Free substitutions for all 20 second timeouts. In the past, you could only substitute freely after a 20 second timeout if the game was in the last 2 minutes or in overtime.
-Inactive players. If a player not appearing on the active list enters a game, he will be disqualified at the first deal ball and his team will receive a technical foul. Again, something you will probably never see.
-Free throw ettiquette. Players on the free throw line can't extend their arms in front of an opponent until the shooter has released the ball. Also, a player not in a lane space must stand behind the 3-point line and above the free throw line extended until the ball is shot.