Goaltending: A #HoopIdea

In tribute to ESPN.com and the TrueHoop network, I have come up with a Hoop Idea.

A Hoop Idea, for those who don’t know, is just a proposed change in a certain aspect or rule of the game of basketball. For example, if someone said take out the out of bounds rule in basketball, that would be a Hoop Idea. You follow me? Great.

Now moving on, if you were watching ABC yesterday, the second game of the double header was between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum had the game of a man’s man’s man’s man with 23 points and 16 rebounds. He and Pau Gasol combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds that led the Lakers to a huge overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.

A critical moment happened in the overtime period of this game, though. There was a Pau Gasol three point attempt with three minutes and 49 seconds left in the game. Gasol made the attempt, but it looked as if Barnes touched the rim as the ball was going in. This probably should have been called as a basket interference call, but it wasn’t. The Lakers had a 103 to 101 lead.

Here’s the play below, just for those who didn’t see it. Take a look at it and determine what it is for yourself.

Mark Cuban gave his thoughts on it, saying that all goaltending calls should be reviewed with under two minutes left in a game. Just as an out of bounds call is reviewed, it would make sense to review goaltending calls as well.

I’m a firm believer that all calls should be able to be brought to review by the referee group with under two minutes left to play in regulation or any overtime period, but just focusing on the goaltend I do think that it should be brought under review. Another thought that I’ve had is to adopt the FIBA policy of goaltending as well though.

Here is the FIBA rule right here according to FIBA Assist Magazine.

Once the ball strikes the ring, any player
can play the ball. Once the ball is in the basket, the offense can no longer violate.

In synopsis of the already brief rule, when the ball hits the rim you can play it. When the ball goes in the cylinder you can’t touch it. Otherwise, normal NBA goaltending rules apply. You can’t swat the ball as its coming down toward the cylinder nor swat it after it touches the rim.

I think that an excellent idea here would be to apply the FIBA rules within the last two minutes of each game in the NBA and see how this works with the players. The NBA could test this just as the NBA introduced a new ball in 2006. The new rule could be slowly implemented in the NBA and eventually made permanent throughout the entirety of an NBA game.

What do you guys think, is the FIBA rule better than the NBA rule now? Let me know your thoughts.


6 responses to “Goaltending: A #HoopIdea

  1. I think they could try the FIBA rules, to see how it works. Maybe it could prevent some gamechanging errors.

  2. THe thing is, the game will never be perfect and for each person that says this is a good idea, there are ten that say it isn’t. Hence, there is no perfect answer.

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