There were less than four minutes left in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, when Chris Paul drove the lane, then veered in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo and nearly stopped, causing an unavoidable foul and an and-1 that helped stick a dagger in the Bucks. It was a play CP3 — and Trae Young, and a host of other guards — have used for years to draw a foul.
Next season that will not be a foul.
As has been discussed before, the NBA will put in new rules and crack down on these non-basketball move fouls starting next season, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
It’s not just the run-up-the-back foul hunting, it’s a player at the three-point line leaping a couple of feet sideways in an unnecessary and unnatural motion to force contact on a closeout. Or a jump-shooter kicking out their legs in front of them unnaturally to cause a player to run into them.
Better late than never that the league is getting to this. The pendulum in the NBA has swung too far toward offensive freedom, and players take full advantage with foul drawing (as they should, get every edge you can to win). It’s on the league and the NBA referees to change this culture of foul hunting.
Some players are not going to be happy. So what? The real key is for this not to be one of those rules the referees call tightly for the first month of the season, then slowly back away from the rest of the way. NBA fans want to see a change.
Here is the latest on the NBA Draft
Report: Pistons still debating between Cunningham, Green, Mobley for No.... Rumor: Kings at No. 9, Pelicans at No. 10 most likely lottery picks traded Another report Rockets ‘aggressively’ trying to trade for No....
Next season, NBA to focus on not calling fouls on non-basketball moves originally appeared on NBCSports.com