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.”