With all the interest surrounding Team USA and their exploits this summer, the NBA moved into the spotlight when Paul George suffered a horrific leg break after colliding with a stanchion behind the basket and immediate outcries were sounded for some rule changes.

It didn't take long for the league to stand up and be counted for as they took swift action to answer fans calls for a safer area for NBA players along with changes to the baselines rules.

The statement

Via NBA.com and according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated press, the League is planning to free up the area surrounding the hardwood by removing the clutter that includes photographers and the stanchion's around the hoop.

"The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press.

The "escape lanes," the unoccupied area on either side of the stanchion to the closest photographer spot, will increase to 4 feet. Only 20 camera positions, 10 on each baseline, will remain, down from 40 during the 2010-11 regular season."

Paul George's injury

George's gruesome leg break doesn't need to be shown again and its effect on the rest of the USA team was plain for every fan to see, they were visibly shook.

What also became apparent at the time was what had actually caused the injury, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst had noted that the stanchion that in fact was in was noticeably closer to the baseline than usual.

He tweeted at the time: "Basket stanchions at Thomas & Mack Center appears to be significantly closer than NBA standard."

Changes are imminent

The revised rules surrounding the baseline of the court have been in the working for quite some time but the impact of George's injury has simply sped up the process.

It was impossible to know whether the leg break itself could have possibly been prevented but what is important is that the league has reacted to outcries of fans and experts about the safety of its players.

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