NBA D-League to use international goaltending rule

The NBA Development League will use international goaltending

rules and shorter overtime periods this season, experiments that

could someday make their way into the NBA.

The league said Wednesday that overtime will last three minutes

instead of five.

The new goaltending rule follows the standard used in the

international game, which allows a player to knock the ball away

when it is on the rim. NBA rules prohibit players from touching the

ball when it is on the cylinder.

Executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson

says one of the benefits of the NBA’s minor leagues is ”it allows

us to look at the rules of play and experiment with ways we can

make the game more competitive.”