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This NBA season has been marked by a lot of traditional events, rumors, and news that fans have come to expect. Season of Recruitment, Free Agency and Trade did not disappoint.
But these were far from the only things hoops get excited about.
This month’s European Basketball Tournament, more commonly known as EuroBasket, featured three NBA MVP nominees Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokonmo and Luka Doncic. Rudi Gobert was the three-time best defensive player on the field as well, but it was Spain (surprise, surprise) and his brother Hernangomez who took the medal tally.
With all the star power in the tournament (Lauri Markkanen, Dennis Schroeder, Franz Wagner and many other NBA players were on board as well), plenty of fans on this side of the Atlantic were taking notice, and couldn’t help but notice some. Advantages of the FIBA game.
The popular NBA Twitter account summed up the differences well:
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Eurobasket is a beautiful product. Electric velocity, quick reference decision making, very bad jitter/fluctuation, mic pressure in the crowd.
The National Basketball Association could try to implement some changes – but a major cultural shift is needed to replicate the fun and ethical ball that happens.
Flow and physical
Speed alone has made the games more attractive than much of the NBA’s regular season affairs. The ball was moving up and down the floor like an NBA game in the ’80s, or almost like a soccer game. Things kind of flowed, and that was true of every country in the field (at least for most NBA action).
Part of that is the result of what the executive vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans, David Griffin, told Bleacher Report it’s “a much more physical game.”
FIBA officials allow Much More casual slide, and obviously all gamers are accustomed to it. They have no problem playing (or at least trying to play through) the connection.
Take a look at the primary defense and body contact point in this Markkanen move. It’s common for plays like this to be without calls.
The fast pace of the games makes it a mistake to stop and complain to the reference more than it is in the NBA competition. You will notice that Markkanen is back on defense after blocking.
This, of course, adds to the viewability as well. NBA players are understandably marked during matches. They want to win. And for many years, the line between just asking for an error and incessant whining remained blurred. If a player thinks that excessive complaining will help his team lead the way (and many seem to do), then he will.
At EuroBasket, this level of complaint really doesn’t exist. Once again, the competitors don’t want to stray too far from the action, but they also seem to know that these officials have a quick impulse for technical errors.
One way to draw a technical is by flop, a rule that the NBA should adopt as quickly as possible.
Exaggerated calling, selling or outright faking have become commonplace within the league. You can’t watch a match without seeing it. And the NBA stars are so accustomed to receiving certain calls that international competitions can shake off their rhythm.
During Team USA’s last Olympic tour, Yahoo Sports Chris Hines He wrote, “Throughout games many players, from Jason Tatum to Bradley Beal, stared at officials after not making calls because they were so used to receiving touch errors or dealing with NBA stars.”
Fines that were inserted 10 years ago it’s still in the NBA’s toolkit, but that obviously didn’t solve the problem.
The next logical step is how quickly the in-game technology flips, as you’ll see below.
Yes, administrators will sometimes misunderstand these calls. It’s not ideal with flights, fees, or any of the other calls they have to make. This is not a good enough reason to delay execution (at least in G League or some other experimental setup).
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Flipping isn’t the only rule worth changing. FIBA has a file Table Identify the differences between it and the NBA and NCAA.
Less time is allowed in FIBA games, including restrictions on when they can be used (including late playing situations). Fewer downtimes is a good thing, and if the NBA can generate ad revenue with in-game and on-screen readings and viewings, it should look into it.
Speaking of unnecessary stops, FIBA’s use of college jump ball (alternating possession arrow) rules also speeds things up.
A more liberal approach to edge protection helps, too.
“FIBA basketball goalkeeping rules are better,” Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, told Bleacher Report.
It’s not hard to see why he thought so. Goal direction can still be called when the ball is in the air and on its way down, but once it hits the edge, it’s straight. This means that the defender can push him off the hoop or the attacking player can help him, regardless of whether he is above the drum.
It was discovered by Draymond Green last summer.
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At the very least, another difference reduces the number of judgment summons and potential revisions.
The little things add up
On their own, none of the above might make much of a difference. Together, they set out to make a real one.
In the past, the NBA showed that efforts To reduce the length of games. This summer, he showed that he is not against adopting rules from (or at least similar to) the FIBA rules. The so-called “taking a foul”, which the International Basketball Federation has classified as “unsportsmanlike”, will now earn heavy penalties.
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Today, the NBA Board of Referees approved a play-in change that will impose a stiff penalty when a defensive player commits a “transitional foul” and approved the NBA Play-In Tournament accreditation on a full-time basis. pic.twitter.com/zeEDP4JEp5
If the league is serious about improving game streaming and viewability, it should put some of what the FIBA is doing on the table.
The NBA is not likely to fully capture the matchmaking atmosphere of high-profile tournaments such as the EuroBasket or the World Cup. When a country plays with national pride at stake, there is an internal communal feeling that is unlikely to be replicated.
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But there are plenty of basketball-specific mods that can speed up the game, remove some of the fluff (like reviews, complaints, and unnecessary timeouts) and improve the product overall.
With the addition of tournament play and Mid Season Championship Coming in early 2023-24, Commissioner Adam Silver has shown he’s not averse to experimentation.
It’s time to move the film from EuroBasket 2022 to the lab.