Rivers on NBA's new-look Competition Committee


Rivers on NBA's new-look Competition Committee

PHILADELPHIA NBA coaches have longed to have more say in the rules governing the play of their respective teams.

Well, now they have it.

The NBA has revamped its Competition Committee in such way that coaches will now have a direct impact on the rules concerning play.

And among the coaches in that mix? Boston Celtics coaching czar, Doc Rivers.

The league announced on Wednesday that the Competition Committee, in its current form, will no longer exist.

In its place will be a 10-member committee that consists of two owners, four general managers, three coaches and a representative from the National Basketball Players Association.

Rivers is one of the three coaches on the committee, joined by former Celtic and current Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle, and Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins.

Others on the new Competition Committee include owners Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joe Lacob (Golden State Warriors), a former part-owner of the Celtics; general managers Bryan Colangelo (Toronto Raptors); Mitch Kupchak (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin O'Connor (Utah Jazz) and Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), a Concord, Mass. native and Emerson College alum.

The Board decided that the inclusion of owners and head coaches on the Competition Committee would add valuable perspectives to discussions about our game and how it might be improved, Joel Litvin, NBA President of League Operations, said in a statement.

As is the case currently, if the Competition Committee votes in favor of changing a playing rule or any other competition-related matter, the recommendation will be brought to the Board of Governors for its consideration and vote. The newly formed Competition Committee will meet on a regular basis with its first meeting will take place during the Finals.

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.