As I mentioned before, eliminate the ability to call time out when you're about to loose the ball. In the Monday night game, during overtime, I think, there was a play where a half-dozen players were on the floor going after the ball. Someone tried to cradle the ball and call time. And we've all seen people call time as they're flying out of bounds. Why do we allow this? If you're trying to put the ball in play from out of bounds, you can't call time after the four second count. You can't call time after you've spent eight seconds in the back court. Yet you can call time as you catch an errant pass while you're flying out of bounds, if you can get your hands into a “T” before you touch down.
In the timed cases mentioned above, the purpose of the rule is to forbid a team to call time out before a change of possession. Well, in the case in Monday's game, or the guy-flying-out, a change of possession is about to occur. So why can you call time?
- Move the three-point line out another foot or so. Looks like this will happen in the fall.
- Except in the case of injuries, a substitute has to stay in the game for two changes of possession: this eliminates the offense-defense substitutions you see at every whistle during the end game, which tends to slow things down immensely. I noticed this while watching taped games during the tournament. My DVR has a ten-second advance button. When I heard the substitution buzzer sound, I'd hit the advance once. I never missed a single second of play, or a free throw.
And here's the biggie: Eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq. Kansas won the game because they did something illegal: they fouled. Repeatedly. That Memphis didn't take advantage (and I'm glad they didn't) is the Tigers' fault, but the point is, KU took advantage of a bad rule. It gets worse, at least from my point of view: in the last ten seconds of regulation, Memphis was trying to foul someone, anyone, so that Kansas would get two free throws, rather than a chance to hit a three and tie the game. A Memphis foul, an illegal act, would most likely win them the game. OK, KU could have done the make-the-first, miss-the-second, trick, but then they'd have to get the rebound and put it back up with only five or six seconds left, at best.
Not to mention, the endless trek to the foul line at the end of a close game is boring. It doesn't help your ratings, CBS, got that?
So let's change the rule: let the team fouled in the last two minutes have its choice, assuming they're in the bonus:
- On One&One fouls, if the team makes the first shot, they can either shoot the second shot or take the ball out of bounds.
- On Two shot fouls, the team can take the both shots, or take one shot and then get the ball out of bounds.
- On Three shot fouls, it's two shots plus ball.
- Of course, on flagrant fouls, it's still two shots plus the ball.
- You still only get one shot if you're fouled in the act of shooting and make the basket.
- If you're not in the bonus yet, you get the ball out of bounds, same as now.
Anybody else like any of these?
Note added in proof: I swear I did not read this until after I first posted the above.