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NBA Board of Governors approve rule changes involving traveling, lineups, tampering

Adam Silver, NBA

The NBA Board of Governors have approved a series of rule changes.

There will be new language in the NBA rule book that governs traveling violations. The revision will not change the substance of the rule, but will help eliminate the gap between the rule as written and how it has been applied in NBA games.

The official NBA rule book will now have a section that formally defines the “gather,” which is a concept that has been used by the officiating staff for many years to apply the rule, but was never defined in the official rule book.

The text of the rule will also be revised to provide additional clarity regarding how many steps a player may take after the “gather” occurs. Fans can thank Houston Rockets star James Harden for this new rule, and this rule could also affect reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Next, the NBA will require teams to submit their starting lineups 30 minutes prior to the game’s scheduled start time instead of the previous rule of 10 minutes. Teams will still have the ability to amend their starting lineups prior to tip-off if a player sustains or re-aggravates an injury.

Last but not least, the NBA Board of Governors has also passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.