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03-26-2009, 06:06 PM
The NBA Board of Governors voted to approve a playing rules change in regards to "too many players on the court", which will take effect beginning Friday, March 27.

Under the playing rules change, when a "too many players on the court" violation is called, a technical foul will be assessed against the offending team and the non-offending team will have the option of either accepting or nullifying the game action that occurred during the violation.

Option 1 -- Accept Game Action

The non-offending team can opt to ACCEPT all play that occurred during the violation, including any points scored, with no adjustment of the game clock.

Option 2 -- Nullify Game Action

The non-offending team can opt to NULLIFY all play that occurred during the violation, other than any acts of unsportsmanlike conduct or flagrant fouls or any points scored from free throws as a result of such actions.

Under this option, following the technical foul, the game clock would be reset to the time when the ball was put into play with too many players on the court and, depending on how the ball was originally put into play, play would resume in accordance with the following:

1) If the original play commenced with a throw-in, then the ball would be returned to the original throw-in spot and play commenced with a throw-in.

2) If the original play commenced with a missed free-throw attempt where the ball remained in play, then play would be commenced with a jump ball held at center court between any two players who were on the floor at the time play was suspended due to the violation.

3) If the original play commenced with a jump ball, then play would be commenced with a jump ball held at the original jump-ball spot between the same two players who participated in the original jump ball.

Link: http://www.nba.com/2009/news/03/26/court.rules.change/index.html

No more of this then - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkJsuD9Cb4o

IDB Josh M
03-26-2009, 06:45 PM
Wow! That's HIGH-larious! Can't say any 6th man jokes, because the youtube comments are full of them.

03-26-2009, 07:19 PM
NEW YORK -- NBA owners have approved a rules change regarding violations for too many men on the court, closing a loophole that allowed Portland to score on a six-on-five situation earlier this season.

If a team is given a technical foul for having too many players, the non-offending team can choose to accept or nullify the action that took place before the whistle blew. If the team playing with five scores, it can keep the points.

Should that team nullify the play, the game clock reverts to the time before the ball was put in play with too many players on the floor.

The rule was announced Thursday and will take effect Friday.

The Trail Blazers made a basket against Boston in December with six men on the floor. They were whistled for a technical but were allowed to keep their two points because the violation wasn't caught before they scored.

ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4018740)

I think I remember this being talked about earlier in the season. Good work getting it done guys, although it's not something which comes up very often...

03-26-2009, 07:22 PM

03-26-2009, 07:34 PM
Does anyone have a clip of the Blazers pulling that off? I still can't believe no one caught that.

EDIT: Found it. LOL I still can't believe it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9B5jQRiLYM

03-26-2009, 07:44 PM
It's a rare event, but you need that rule just in case.

03-26-2009, 07:45 PM
haha genius

03-26-2009, 08:54 PM

03-26-2009, 09:56 PM
Whoops...didn't see it had already been posted...:o

Kyle N.
03-26-2009, 10:06 PM
Everybody is going to be playing with 6 guys in the game before March 27th.

03-27-2009, 02:39 PM
LOL. Poor KG. He looked so upset.