Roy Hibbert Receives NBA Officiating Memo, Plans To Be “On Point”

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Mike Bantom, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Referee Operations, is cracking down on a very specific point of contention.

The issue at hand? Verticality.

Secondary defenders are permitted to challenge an oncoming offensive player so long as they stay “vertical.” However, according to a memorandum sent to all owners, general managers, coaches and officials over the weekend, there has been a noticeable increase of players bending, if not breaking, the rule.

We have noticed that defenders have been turning sideways when jumping to defend
an oncoming offensive player on drives to the basket. This is illegal and referees are
being instructed to call this a blocking foul.”

The memo contained links to videos showcasing examples of rule violators, including Spencer Hawes, Jonas Valanciunas, Greg Monroe and Jared Sullinger. It also contained one linked example of a slight turn which is deemed legal, as illustrated by Alexis Ajinca.

In addition to those addressed in the memo, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was also a recipient.

SH Blog: Kyrie Irving is irritating his teammates; Heat aren’t bothered by Pacers adding Bynum

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You could be forgiven for not thinking too much about basketball today. With the Super Bowl taking all of the sports-related attention, and only one game (and that Orlando-Boston) on the schedule, it’s one of the quietest days of the NBA season, right up there with Christmas Eve.

I, on the other hand, would not be forgiven if I didn’t think too much about basketball, because it’s my job to bring you the latest news from around the NBA every weekend. There’s not a ton of breaking stuff today, for the aforementioned reasons, but there’s some really good writers weighing in on some of the recent hot topics. And also the trade deadline is less than three weeks away, so it’s about time to start getting hyped about that.

On to the news:

SH Blog: Problems Continue in New York; Wizards Interested in Greg Monroe; Parker, Embiid Could Stay in School

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Carmelo AnthonyAfter a brutal 23 point loss to the Brooklyn Nets on a Martin Luther King Day matinee, the New York Knicks — and especially Carmelo Anthony — must come to this realization: to find the right answers they have to understand the right problems. If they don’t figure out how to accept the reality of their problems — and there are many — then they will never be able to overcome them. 

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SH Blog: Ainge seems likely to move Rondo; Knicks need to make moves to keep Melo

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It may be conference championship weekend in the NFL, but here at Sheridan Hoops, we never stop talking basketball.

It’s been a few days since our latest MVP rankings, but if you missed them, here they are. There’s also been a lot of talk about David Stern’s impending abdication from the throne of the NBA, most recently from Mark Heisler.

But right now, I’ve got all the latest news from around the NBA:

How to Beat the Heat: Opposing Players Spill the Secrets

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lebron-wade1How you gonna beat the Miami Heat?

For the last three seasons, that was the most important question for the other 29 NBA teams — and it remains the case this season, too.

But the Knicks and Nets did it on successive nights, which shows it is not impossible.