The NBA needs to allow timeouts only during dead-ball situations

yooston :hou-2: Rockets6:44 pm Sun Feb 21 EDT Deleted

For whatever reason, FIBA is always ahead of the curve when it comes to basketball rules compared to the NBA. A recent example is the NBA adopting the rule that the shot clock resets to 14 seconds, not 24, after an offensive rebound. The next rule Im dying to see implemented is that you CANNOT call a timeout when the ball is live. In my opinion, this would make late game situations much more exciting and reward good defense. I cant stand it when a team traps the ballhandler perfectly, and then he gets bailed out by just looking at the ref and saying "timeout!!". In what other sport can the offense just stop the game whenever they please because theyve found themselves in a precarious situation?