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Reports: NBA to change rules on timeouts, move up trade deadline

Reports: NBA to change rules on timeouts, move up trade deadline

In an effort to speed up games, the NBA is changing rules on timeouts, ESPN reports. Also, the league will move the trade deadline to Feb. 8, The Vertical reports.

The NBA will limit teams to two team timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Previously, three team timeouts were allowed in the final two minutes. 

Also, Wojnarowski reported that the league's Board of Governors voted to reduce the maximum number of timeouts per game by four -- from 18 to 14.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports' The Vertical reports that the Board of Governors voted to move the trade deadline from the Thursday following the All-Star break to the second Thursday of the month before the game. This season, that would be Feb. 8. 

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.