Adam Silver has always been progressive during his tenure as the commissioner of the NBA. Silver seems to always look for ways to grow the game and make things fresh. After an exciting start to the second half of the season, which featured the second-highest scoring game in NBA history and multiple buzzer beaters, with one coming from Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum, Silver is looking at rule changes for next season.
The rules, which could impact the Celtics, involve changing the overtime period and the coach’s challenge. Both rules could impact the Celtics next season if they are passed.
The overtime rule would be a set target score, similar to the All-Star game. The goal would be to limit the minutes of star players to protect players’ safety. Silver’s plan could impact the Boston Celtics, who have been involved in many overtime games this season — since the Cs have played nine overtime games this season with a 4-5 record. Having a target score could be a boost for the Celtics if implemented next season.
Although the rule could benefit the Cs, I am against the overtime idea. I think that this idea would ruin the NBA product and the integrity of the game. Also, overtime games are entertaining, especially games that go into double or triple overtime.
This feels like another example of the league hurting itself and risking the loss of viewership.
Another rule that Silver will consider is allowing coaches to receive another challenge if they win their first. This rule could impact the Celtics because Joe Mazzulla likes to save his challenge for the end of the game.
Having an extra challenge in the final two minutes could be crucial for the Boston Celtics if the rule is implemented next season. Also, I think this would be an excellent rule change, and it’s something that should have been implemented for this season.
Overall, it will be interesting to see how Silver and the league handle this situation and what impact it will have on the Celtics.