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NBA tightens transition foul rule

LAS VEGAS - The NBA has completed the process of changing the foul-taking transitions rule, ending years of discussion about what to do about the l


LAS VEGAS – The has completed the process of changing the foul-taking transitions rule, ending years of discussion about what to do about the long-maligned tactic.

And, also as expected, the Play-in tournament will be available for the foreseeable future.

The league’s board of governors finalized those two issues Tuesday, approving a plan to award a free throw when teams are disadvantaged by the foul kick, as well as removing the “experimental” designation from the postseason entry element.

It was no surprise that the League changed the penalty for committing fouls; Commissioner Adam Silver told the AP in early June that he would change, though he cautioned that the new rule could still change in the coming years.

The free kick, in which the defender does not make a play with the ball, is what the League classifies as one that occurs “during a transition goal opportunity or immediately after a change of possession and before the team offense had a chance to move the ball. The exception is in the last 2 minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.

The new penalty for such a foul is a free throw, which may be attempted by any player of the offended team in the game at the time the foul was committed, and continued possession.