Most of the same rules apply to all basketball leagues: traveling,
scoring, fouling, and so on. However, fans of the NBA must familiarize
themselves with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules in
order to fully understand the differences between NBA rules and FIBA
rules. Here are the main differences:
Time Periods: The NBA has 4 periods of 12 minutes each. The
Olympics will have 2 20-minutes periods.
Shot Clock: The NBA has a 24-second shot clock; however, the
Olympics have a 30-second shot clock window in which offensive players
must touch the ball to the rim.
Times-Outs: Each team will have 2 time-outs per half that last
only 1 minute each. There are no "TV" time-outs.
Overtime: If both teams score the same amount of points at the
end of the 2nd half (or at the end of an overtime period), a 5 minute
overtime period is played. Each team may have only 1 time-out during