In case you haven't noticed, the game of basketball has become one that is more defined by game-changing rules than game-changing plays. Unfortunately, that's not something that's likely to change any time soon.
With such a surplus of rules worth debating, it's hard for the NBA to pinpoint any one issue worth altering. Fortunately for David Stern and the rest of the front office, I've picked out the five worst requirements and regulations in the NBA rulebook.
You could argue that a player's ability to take a charge is something admirable, but to me it's a sign that they just don't have the ability to defend their opponent.
As evidenced by the master of the flop, charging fouls are game-changing calls that truly have no merit or reason. If a player goes hard to the hoop, they're hit with a foul for what? Trying too hard to score points?
If they don't, they become criticized for a lack of effort.
The single worst rule in the NBA.
In every other professional sport, the draft follows a record-based system in which an under-performing team will be given aid via an early draft choice. In the NBA, there is a winner-takes-all system in which any of the teams who failed to make the playoffs are given a chance at the first three picks.
While the excitement is undeniable and the glory is thrilling for the unexpected victor, it cannot be denied how unfair a situation this places the most needing team in. After all, only three teams in the 27-year history of the lottery have received the first overall draft choice after finishing with the worst overall record.
Time to fix things.
If college football requires a player to spend three years as a student-athlete before entering the NFL draft, why is it that the NBA requires just one far-from-beneficial year of school?
Rather than help prepare their athletes for life after basketball and require three years of education, the NBA took the easy way out and made it so high school athletes receive a free ride with no academic benefit.
The rule officially states that a player must be at least 19 years old, but let's be real: no 19-year-old can truly be prepared for a life in which at least 41 games are spent on the road where you must fend for yourself.
How are Daniel Orton, Greg Oden, Hassan Whiteside and Tiny Gallon doing?
If a player shows emotion after a call or play, they are suddenly prone to consideration for a technical foul. By prone to, of course, I mean it's Joey Crawford guaranteed.
While the emotion of a basketball game can certainly get out of hand, to limit any and all emotion does nothing but take away from the game. The fact is, this is a game of passion and energy and without it, it becomes a business on the floor.
Just ask Kyle Korver how ridiculous this new rule is.
When a player has a lapse of judgement, the penalty can be severe. Never has that been more evident than when Chris Webber infamously called a timeout with no team timeouts remaining.
The result was a Michigan loss in the 1993 NCAA tournament finals.
There are a lot questions as to why such an act like this should be considered punishable, but the most important question is this: is it really that hard to say the words "you have none remaining"?
For those who claim this is an NCAA incident, it's important to note that this rule is also a part of the NBA rule book.