Report: NBA to implement new rules forbidding non-basketball moves to draw fouls
The NBA is officially trying to eliminate some of its most embarrassing foul calls.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA has decided to introduce new rules to reduce the use of non-basketball plays to draw fouls.
NBA officials are reportedly being trained to identify and punish some of the following non-basketball plays, according to Charania:
start in the defender
suddenly stray from the path
Kick your leg at an unusual angle
Hook defenders with an off-arm
If an offensive player is considered to have made more than marginal contact (the offensive player's contact affects the defender's speed, quickness, balance, or rhythm), the game is said to be an offensive foul. The marginal contact remains a no-call.
The change had already been in the works last month, although it is unclear whether the NBA Board of Governors incorporated the change into the rulebook.
The news numbers are a breath of fresh air for fans tired of seeing NBA shooters bizarre in the air in hopes of getting a phone call, a practice that's becoming increasingly common in the modern day NBA. No player is notorious for the James Harden exercise, which, according to the report, was expected to be the subject of several jokes on Twitter.
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