Calipari likes proposed rule changes

If you're a long-time basketball fan who thinks the game was somewhere between unrecognizable and unwatchable during the 2012-13 season, you're in good company. Kentucky coach John Calipari agrees with you.

If you're a long-time basketball fan who thinks the game was somewhere between unrecognizable and unwatchable during the 2012-13 season, you're in good company.

Kentucky coach John Calipari agrees with you.

Speaking Wednesday about his new signees and the overall roster for next season, the UK boss said he's hopeful that new points of emphasis to the rulebook will help the college game bounce back from what was, stylistically, a mosh pit of a year.

An NCAA committee recently proposed changes to the No. 1 culprit of fan and media outcry, the infamous charge/block call. Defenders will now be required to establish position more in line with the traditional letter of the rule in order to draw a charge. A defensive player will no longer be able to move into the path of an offensive player once the latter has started his upward motion with the ball to either shoot or pass.

Calipari, who saw his Wildcats affected by numerous questionable charge calls in its disappointing season, has voiced his full support of the proposed change. So have a host of other high-profile coaches, including Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

"I like the start," Calipari said. "… You know what I've said. It's the most ridiculous thing. The guy goes to shoot a ball, and a guy slides under and they say, ‘Well, he was still. His little toe was still on the ground when he was going shoot it, and that guy was now set.' That's crazy."

That's the first step to cleaning up the game, Calipari noted.

After a season of near record-low scoring in the modern era, the committee has also proposed more emphasis on the "hand check" and limiting the free motion of offensive players.

"If the team wants to foul on every possession, call a foul on every possession," Calipari said. "Then they go through the team, they'll play a game with three players, and you start changing. It happened in the NBA. The hand checking, I was there. You either change or… ."

The UK boss also likes the concept of bringing "freedom of motion" back to the game.

"It's important," he said. "You're dribbling the ball up the court and a guy hits you, now they're saying that's going to be called a foul. Boom, boom. I make a move, and you boom me, that's a foul because of my freedom of motion. If I pass it and cut through the lane and you hit me, it's an automatic foul. If they make those calls, you'll see the game (improve)."


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