More and more, basketball is looking like hockey.
There were the forwards, the centerman, and now ... drum roll, please ... the Mad Ants can have a goaltender.
Not the flaky, French-Canadian type with superstitions that can fill a bus, but the kind of goaltender who is at least 6 feet and can knock a ball off the rim.
Because of a rule change that will go into effect this season, that's the new brand of basketball we'll be seeing.
Ants coach Joey Meyer says he's not a fan of the rule, but -- and he pauses a couple times -- he says he does what he's told.
This is the NBA's way of using the D-League as a guinea pig to see if this goaltending rule can play in Peoria - or more specifically, Fort Wayne, Iowa, Sioux Falls and the other D-League stops.
My guess is it will hurt the game.
When all other leagues are trying to increase scoring - because that's what the public wants and likes - along comes the NBA to tell its lesser brethren that it's OK to knock away a possible game-winning free throw that happens to hang on the rim.
So much for drama.
Amazing how much we tinker with a game that isn't broken.