Take the mistakes, changes in the score will be different in the NBA this year

Changing the way the so-called “fault transmissions” are managed this season won’t keep them out of the NBA game.

In fact, the league thinks this kind of play now could make the game even better.

The long-awaited rule change — one of the NBA’s education points of the season — was a major talking point this week for the referees, who have gathered for their pre-season meetings now that training camps around the league are about to open. There are other points to emphasize, but incorrect changes may be the most important.

“Some of the best we’ve played in the NBA is defensive basketball. We don’t want to discourage that; in fact, we think this rule will encourage that because right now we’re asking you to play ball legitimately,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA vice president who oversees On referees and training. “From this point of view, we think basketball is more exciting looming and transitional goal-scoring opportunities – both defensively and offensively – can be the highlights of the plays. We’ve missed some of that and we think this base will inject that exciting play into our game.”

A foul – in which the defender does not play the ball – is what the league classifies as occurring either “during a transitional scoring opportunity or immediately after a change of possession and before the attacking team has had an opportunity to advance the ball.” The exception is in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or extra time.

The new penalty for such a foul is one free throw, which can be attempted by any player of the offending team in the match at the time the foul was committed, along with continued possession by the attacking team.