Colangelo to Head NBA Rules Committee

NEW YORK, March 8 -- NBA Commissioner David Stern today announced that he has appointed Jerry Colangelo, Chairman and CEO of the Phoenix Suns, to chair a select committee to advise the Board of Governors on possible changes in the League's playing rules.

Colangelo will be joined on the committee by a number of other basketball experts, including current or former general managers, coaches, players and referees.

"At its recent meeting over All-Star Weekend, the consensus of the NBA's Competition Committee was that our game has become too focused on 'isolation play,' and that some changes in our rules may be appropriate to discourage isolation offenses," said Stern. "With his wide-ranging basketball background, Jerry is the perfect owner representative to chair a select group to develop recommendations in this area."

Colangelo has been in the NBA for 35 years and has been with the Phoenix Suns since 1968, serving as general manager; head coach; president; and, ultimately, Chairman and CEO. He is the winner of an unprecedented four NBA Executive of the Year awards and on two separate occasions served as head coach, including 1969-70 when he assumed the reins in mid-season and led the Suns to their first ever playoff appearance. Colangelo also served for many years as chairman of the NBA's Competition and Rules committee. An All-Big Ten player at the University of Illinois, he is a member of the school's Basketball Hall of Fame.
The committee will make its first report to the Board of Governors at the Board's next meeting in New York on March 30th.