PBA to adopt new FIBA traveling rule

Commissioner Willie Marcial announced three new rules to the PBA, including the new FIBA traveling rule. Dennis Acosta

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Three new rules will be introduced by the Philippine Basketball Association for its 2019 season.

The most significant of which is the new FIBA traveling rule, where players can now take a gather step before doing the usual two steps before a layup or dunk.

"Parang nalulugi tayo nung huli eh. Pagkuha natin ng bola, di na tayo gumagalaw. May isang step pa tayo. So i-a-adopt natin yung FIBA traveling na 0-1-2. Parang 1-2-3 yun," Commissioner Willie Marcial said on Tuesday during the press launch of the new season at the Conrad Hotel. "Ginagawa na [ito] ng NBA at ng FIBA. Gawin din natin."

The other tweaks to the PBA rules are revisions in goaltending and timeout calling.

Goaltending situations will now be reviewed from wire to wire, while coaches can now just simply call a timeout verbally without using any hand gesture.

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