Thursday , Apr , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NBA makes six rule changes for 2006-07 season

=== NBA makes six rule changes for 2006-07 season ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The National Basketball Association announced
on Thursday six rule changes that will go into effect for the 2006-07 season.

The changes were approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday.

Head coaches will now be allowed to call timeouts at anytime during a game as
long as his team has possession of the ball. Last season, coaches could only
call timeouts themselves during a stoppage of play.

Also, teams will now be allowed free substitutions during all 20-second
timeouts.

Another change for next season is that teams will be awarded two free throws
instead of one and get the ball on the sideline on a clear-path-to-the-basket
foul.

An additional three changes were also announced.

Last season during free throws, players were allowed to extend their bodies
into the lane spaces and those players not in the lane had to remain behind
the three-point line until the ball was released by the shooter.

However, next season players will not be allowed to extend their bodies into
the lane until the ball is released by the shooter and those players not in
the lane must now remain behind both the three-point line and the free-throw
line extended until the ball is released by the shooter.

In regards to flagrant fouls, the fouled player’s coach, not the opposing
team’s coach, will now be allowed to select the replacement shooter when the
player fouled is unable to shoot due to injury. The injured player then can’t
return to the game.

Also new for next season, if a player not listed on the team’s active list
plays in a game, in addition to being disqualified at first dead ball, the
team will now be assessed a technical foul.