New ‘Clear Path’ NBA Rule Expected To Be Passed Will Benefit New Orleans Pelicans
Several rule changes are expected to be passed for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN.
A shot clock rule change after an offensive rebound will likely get the most attention. Under the proposed new rule, the shot clock would reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound rather than 24.
Another change is the definition of a "hostile act", which triggers instant replay review. In the past, a "hostile act" only referred to a player's hostile interaction with another player. It now includes hostile interactions with fans, referees and coaches.
The other rule change is alterations to the "clear path" foul. This expected change should benefit a New Orleans Pelicans team that has a fast paced offensive club who wants to get out in transition.
Under the new rule, teams would be charged with a clear-path foul in the following circumstances:
• "A personal foul is committed on any offensive player during his team's transition scoring opportunity."
• "When the foul occurs, the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt, no defensive player is ahead of the offensive player with the scoring opportunity and that offensive player is in control of the ball or a pass to him has been released."
• "The defensive foul deprives the offensive team of a transition scoring opportunity."
Clear-path fouls award the offense with two free throws and possession.