It was March 2001 and several NBA executives, along with a few coaches and one player, were asked to come up with rule changes that would speed up the game, take it away from the huffing-and-puffing, mano-a-mano contest it had become. Rod Thorn was one of them. In a New York Times article, he and the others describe how their work--at the end of Thorn's first season--put team and finesse back into what had become a near contact sport.
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