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NBA passes lottery reform

The NBA’s Board of Governors have passed new legislation for draft lottery reform, giving the top three teams the same odds according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Board of Governors also passed guidelines for resting healthy players in the regular season, too.

Voting happened over a two-day period in New York. Lottery reform will become law in 2019. Oklahoma City was the one team who voted no on the lottery reform as it passed 29-1.

So, this is something that was reported earlier this month. This isn’t too unexpected to read. The resting guidelines also isn’t too surprising. Adam Silver and fans have been quite vocal with teams resting players, especially during national televised games.

While the 82 games can be a grind for anyone, it’s a bit far fetched to force teams to play their best players every game. I think we’re going to see excuses for players being “hurt.”

Lottery reform looks to quell any hopes of tanking. While the top three have the same odds, the rest of the NBA has improved odds, except the last lottery spot.

Now, a lot of this won’t effect Oklahoma City as they don’t have a first round pick for some time. We hope they don’t have to draft in this area for awhile. Maybe General Manager Sam Presti will find a way to fleece a team for their lottery pick.

In the new resting legislation, Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games.

When teams decide to rest players in games, they’ll be encouraged to do so for home instead of away games. Star players sitting out are expected to be on the bench during games and encouraged to be accessible to fans for interaction before the game.

The NBA rid the 2017-18 season schedule of back-to-back games around nationally televised appearances, giving teams presumably less to sit out players for high-profile games.

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