The new NBA policy aims to restrict teams from resting stars during the regular season

The NBA’s Board of Governors approved new rules Wednesday aimed at increasing player participation during the regular season. The rules come into force at the start of the coming season.

The policy, outlined in a league memo Wednesday, focuses on what the league calls “star” players and prohibits teams from resting multiple standout players in a single game. The league defines star players as those who have been selected to an All-NBA team or an NBA All-Star team in the past three seasons – or, in a given year, in that season’s All-Star Game.

In total, 26 of the league’s 30 teams have at least one player who meets the NBA’s star player criteria. Half of these 30 have at least two players who meet the requirements. The Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are the only teams that don’t have one.

The policy requires teams to adhere to a number of rules, such as: B. Providing such star players for all nationally televised games and tournament games during the season; Sophisticated teams manage their rosters to ensure that no more than one star player is out for the same game and urge teams to “refrain from long-term ‘shutdowns’ in which a star player stops playing games.”

This new set of rules replaces a rest policy that was introduced in the 2017/18 season. Teams must now have an approved reason for a star player not to participate in a game. The league said the policy allows exceptions for injuries, personal reasons and “pre-approved consecutive restrictions based on a player’s age, professional workload or history of serious injury.”

The league can fine teams that violate this new policy more than $1 million. Fines start at $100,000 for the first offense and then increase to $250,000 for the second offense. For each subsequent violation, teams will owe $1 million more for each additional penalty than the previous penalty (i.e. $1,250,000 for a third violation, etc.). The new NBA policy aims to restrict teams from resting stars during the regular season

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