New year, new rules: Rule No. 19

Rule No. 19: Standardize the laws of the hardwood

A sport should speak in one voice. The rules of basketball, though, were written in the Tower of Babel, with discrepancies among the different levels. In the name of simplicity, we've taken it upon ourselves to choose which way works best. We even got longtime coach Nolan Richardson, who has perused the rule books of the NCAA (he won a title at Arkansas), FIBA (with the Panamanian and Mexican national teams) and the WNBA (currently with the Tulsa Shock), to back us up.

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