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NBA Discussing Changes to Coach’s Challenge

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA’s Competition Committee is discussing a handful of rule changes and modifications.

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The NBA Competition Committee is looking at a handful of rule modifications for the 2021-22 regular season. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania the committee is looking at updating the Coach’s Challenge and guidance for instances when contact is initiated during unnatural shooting motions.

On Monday, Charania revealed the items that are currently under discussion on social media.

Sources: NBA Competition Committee is considering potential modifications for 2021-22, such as evaluating whether to recommend to Board of Gov. to modify Coach’s Challenge by either awarding second challenge if successful or ensuring teams keep timeout in successful challenge.

In a follow-up message, Charania highlighted the committee’s interest in updating rulings that pertain to unnatural shooting motions.

Sources said the NBA Competition Committee is also evaluating playing rules and interpretation of rules regarding unnatural shooting motions in connection with perimeter jump-shots and on-ball screens, and the principle of verticality.

In regards to challenges, Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts explained last season that his players deserve a lion’s share of the credit when it comes to timing and correct usage.