For an entirely different reason I was reading on FIBA.com and encountered a stunning announcement. Perhaps I was asleep and missed the posting here since it is dated April 28, 2008.
As most of us know the USA plays basketball and the world plays an entirely different game with different rules. That disparity is over. FIBA is the rule-making body for the world and the Olympics. FIBA has adopted NBA rules!
World breakthrough as NBA and FIBA put their eggs in one basket
When I first read this I thought is must be a joke. But posted on FIBA.com gives it credence.
But no more. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took the giant leap yesterday at its meetings in Beijing, when its highest executive body - the FIBA Central Board - announced a number of rule changes, which in effect will make the international and NBA game virtually the same.
Even FIBA's press release referred to "historical changes", and indeed in one fell swoop, FIBA did a "copy and paste" from the NBA rule book to its own:
You can read the whole announcement here .