Thibodeau open to rule changes 'if something makes sense'

Thibodeau open to rule changes 'if something makes sense'
February 26, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Though the league is not discussing making radical changes to the size of NBA courts or adding a 4-point line, Tom Thibodaeu is open to change if it makes sense.

Earlier this week ESPN reported that NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn had tossed out the idea of adding a 4-point line at 28 feet and increasing the size of an NBA floor. And though league spokesperson Tim Frank issued a statement later in the week saying that "no one at the NBA,nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line" and that "ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist," Thibodeau did address it prior to Wednesday night's contest against the Golden State Warriors.

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"The thing is, we have a great game, and I think (new commissioner) Adam (Silver) is going to be terrific, and commissioner Stern was the same way. There’s committees to have an open mind and if something makes sense then you try it," he said. "And that’s also the beauty of the D-League and Summer League, where you can try ideas out that you think may be good for the game, and now you get a chance to experiment and see whether it is or not."

Thibodeau noted that may of the rule changes that occurred in the 90s came about with some criticism but ultimately made the game better. So while Thibodeau admitted he loves the NBA the way it is right now, he's open to change if it means making the game of basketball a better and more competitive one.

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"I think the game keeps evolving, I think we have a great game. (Increasing the size of the floor) may be hard to do with the arenas, but I like the game that we have right now," he said. "But you don’t want to have a closed mind. If something makes sense, you should take a look at it."

When one reporter joked that increasing the size of the floor could push the media from press row, Thibodeau smiled and said, "That one I like. A lot."