Monday, April 6, 2009

Tuesday Is Looking Like "D" Day

According to Nick Sheridan of The Age newspaper, we all should know more come Tuesday about the New NBL. I cannot wait for this to finally occur.

BASKETBALL Australia is considering a number of rule changes, including shortening quarters to 10 minutes, as part of its forthcoming reform of the National Basketball League.
If introduced, the new rules would bring the NBL in line with the International Federation of Basketball — FIBA — regulations that are set to be formalised at the end of the year.

Ten-minute quarters are currently used in international competition, and are the FIBA standard, although the NBA still plays 12-minute terms.

The other proposed changes include extending the length of the three-point line, so that it will be about 45 centimetres back from the top of the free-throw circle, as opposed to now where it is only six centimetres back, to make three-point shooting a much more specialised area of the game.

There is also discussion about introducing a "no-charge zone" under the basket, to discourage the attacking team's tall players from standing under the ring attempting to draw the foul, thus freeing that space up for players to drive to the ring in the hope of encouraging a more free-flowing game.

The final change would be to straighten the lines on either side of the key, so that it is the same shape as the keys used in the NBA.

The rule changes are being considered as Basketball Australia conducts its comprehensive reform of the national league ahead of next season, which is set to begin in October.
The national basketball body is also set to announce a comprehensive rebranding of all its operations on Tuesday at Federation Square.

The rebranding will cover every aspect of Basketball Australia's operations, from BA itself through to the state and local basketball associations.

BA will also use Tuesday's event to announce its new chief executive, who will replace current boss Scott Derwin, who announced his intention to stand aside last December.

Tuesday's announcements will be accompanied by an attempt to set a world record for the number of people dribbling basketballs simultaneously. The record, set in the UK, stands at 1289. Tuesday's attempt will begin at Federation Square at 12.30pm.


Anonymous said...

JR- How is any of this stuff NEW? These FIBA rule changes were made over 12 months ago and are due to come in across all FIBA sanctioned leagues at the end of the 2009? Is this some clever spin from the NBL?

DJ Rod said...

The new CEO will also be named... well that is what I'm hearing

Anonymous said...

NewNBL thinks its the NBA now huh?.

What a JOKE all them rule changes are, especially straightening the key lines, extending the 3pt line and 10 min qtrs, what a joke!. Get something new, not taking ideas from the NBA just cause its successful.

DJ Rod gets my vote as the new CEO, he can do it all, just listen to his radio show hes amazing.

Anonymous said...

welcome back clint,j foxx

Anonymous said...

Multiple sources say Australian Point Guard Patrick Mills (183-G-88) will declare for the 2009 NBA Draft according to renowned NBA website It is said he will not hire an agent however, firstly gauging the likelihood of being drafted in the First round by an NBA team, and subsequently earning a guaranteed NBA contract for up to three years

Eric said...

That is news. After watching him this year his stock is pretty high and he can certainly run with the NBA guys speed wise. It's a shame that he broke his hand when he did, as his draft stock would undoubtedly be higher had St Mary's played in the NCAA tournament rather than the NIT.

Anonymous said...

So we know the new CEO's name, and we know that the record for continuous dribbling didn't get broken - only the Aussie record - but WTF happened to all the other announcements? BA screw up again? Don't bother looking on their website, they don't even know what day of the month it is.

(Have to remain anononymous, I'm afraid...)