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Jazz get referees' refresher before opener

Before shootaround this morning at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco, the Jazz met with veteran NBA official Bill Spooner, who went over new rules and points of emphasis for the upcoming season.

Coach Tyrone Corbin said Spooner discussed carrying the ball, charges and the differences between a flagrant 1 and 2.

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"Some of the things that are in the game that they think are getting out of hand or wasn't being called close enough in previous years," Corbin said.

Of course, the big rule change this season is the NBA's anti-flopping policy, which can cost players up to $30,000 for repeated offenses.

Corbin said Spooner explained that the league office would be watching for an "unnecessary act," even if it doesn't result in a foul call during the course of the game. He also said that referees would not stop the game to call a player for flopping, rather that it would be determined during a review.

"I don't think they want it to distract from the flow of the game," Corbin said.

— Bill Oram



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