NBA referees will be trained to properly officiate the following actions used to draw fouls:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2021
– Shooter launches/leans into defender at abnormal angle
– Shooter kicks leg at abnormal angle
– Offensive player abruptly veers off path (sideways/ backwards) into defender https://t.co/9OzldXvH6u
NOT THIS YEAR. goodbye jumping into the defender fouls. pic.twitter.com/FW47gdk0rl— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 5, 2021
Teams had their first preseason game within the last couple of days, which whatever. I’m not a preseason guy, hope everyone stays healthy is my mindset through the whole thing. One thing and really the only thing I was looking for was that Steph video above. The NBA has made it a point to try and eliminate that from the game this year and so far they seem to be off to a strong start. We’ll see if it continues through the actual season.
I have seen some people talking shit that the refs had to be “trained” to not make that call. I’m not a ref defender by any means but let’s pump the brakes. Practice, repetition, etc. you know? If that clip gives us any sign it seems the “training” has at least worked.
I’m interested what it’ll look like late in the year or playoffs with the game on the line. Will the refs stay consistent? Will players adjust and how quickly? No clue but I’m excited basketball is back.