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Mad Antics

  • New affiliates for the Mad Ants
    While nothing has been formally announced, the Mad Ants are likely to take on affiliations with the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Several Mad Ants stars to Europe
    Everyone knew the Mad Ants roster would look different, even in the wake of the team's first D-League championship.
  • Tryout information
    The Mad Ants will hold an open tryout from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago.
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New rules

NEW YORK – The NBA Development League will use international goaltending rules and shorter overtime periods this season, experiments that could someday make their way into the NBA.

The league said Wednesday that overtime will last three minutes instead of five.

The new goaltending rule follows the standard used in the international game, which allows a player to knock the ball away when it is on the rim. NBA rules prohibit players from touching the ball when it is on the cylinder.

Executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson says one of the benefits of the NBA’s minor leagues is “it allows us to look at the rules of play and experiment with ways we can make the game more competitive.”

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