To this change will DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, and Dwight Howard get most gladded. Is this salvation for their poor free throw shooting or maybe not? Let's analyze what is changed!
According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional foul rule for the final two minutes of the fourth quarter applicable to the final two minutes of every quarter.
"The current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the last two minutes of the fourth period (and last two minutes of any overtime)—pursuant to which the fouled team is awarded one free throw and retains possession of the ball—will be extended to the last two minutes of each period," the league announced.
The announcement also stipulates two other changes to the intentional foul rules.
According to the release, any foul that occurs prior to an inbound pass at any stage in a game will be administered the same way as fouls in the last two minutes of a quarter.
Furthermore, the league announced "it will presumptively be considered a flagrant foul if a player jumps on an opponent’s back to commit a deliberate foul. Previously, these type of fouls were subject to being called flagrant but were not automatic."
"In looking at the data and numerous potential solutions to combat the large increase in deliberate away-from-the-play foul situations, we believe these steps offer the most measured approach," NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. "The introduction of these new rules is designed to curb the increase in such fouls without eliminating the strategy entirely."
In February, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told USA Today's NBA A to Zpodcast (via USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt) that the Association would make changes to the rulebook since intentional fouling strategies against certain big men were depriving the game of a particular aesthetic quality.
"At the end of the day, we are an entertainment property, and it’s clear that when you’re in the arena, that fans are looking at me, shrugging their shoulders with that look saying, 'Aren’t you going to do something about this?"
We are going to watch the smoother games surely and we are not going to be tortured by poorly free throw shooting and delaying of the games. But, the real reason of this change is, of course, revenue! NBA was and will always be an entertainment property, just as Adam Silver said, so smoother the game, bigger is profit! Simple as that!