Adam Silver has tried to turn the NBA into one of the most progressive sports leagues in North America. However, we do not mean this in the political sense. Although the NBA is certainly progressive, we mean this in the sense that Silver wants the league to evolve. Whether that means initiatives like the play-in tournament or potential mid-season championships, there is no doubt that the NBA likes to try new things.
With a new CBA on the horizon, it has become crystal clear that the NBA has to evolve further. Overall, this is especially true when things like load management are plaguing the game. Moreover, there have been some issues as of late with broadcasts that are running way too long. This is the result of overtime games that have gone to two or three overtime frames. Now, however, the league is looking to potentially implement a rule that would shorten overtime.
NBA Overtime Rules
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the league is considering a new rule where there is a target score. The first team to hit the target score wins the game. “That would prevent overlong broadcasts and overloading player minutes, like Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard’s playing 46 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday,” Pincus explained. This is one of those changes that would certainly be polarizing for fans. Some believe the players are being coddled, while others just want to see traditional basketball at the highest level.
Of course, none of these rule changes have been confirmed. It is going to take a lot for the NBA to pass something like this. However, if they did make it happen, we would see a drastic shift in the way overtime is played. Let us know what you think of this potential change, in the comments section down below. Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for more news and updates from around the sports world.