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Hawks star Trae Young reacts to NBA changing rules in response to his foul-baiting

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The NBA will reportedly be implementing new rule changes in an attempt to police foul-baiting tactics that have been made popular by a number of star players, including Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young.

After that news broke earlier Tuesday, StatMuse posted a humorous tweet about how legendary players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Kevin Durant brought about other rule changes in NBA history, putting Young in good company.

The Hawks star responded:

As part of these news rules, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, these kinds of plays could now be called offensive fouls or simply be no-calls:

  • When a shooter launches or leans into a defender at an abnormal angle.
  • When a shooter kicks his leg (up or to the side) at an abnormal angle.
  • When an offensive player abruptly veers off his path (sideways or backward) into a defender.

Young has mastered all of these tricks as a way to earn free throws, with his tactics irking a number of fans along the way. If the NBA actually does crack down on this, the Hawks star will have to adjust and not go foul-hunting quite so much.

Of course, Young is a terrific player who doesn’t need to hunt fouls in order to succeed. He surely will be able to adapt to these new rules and still play at a high level thanks to his playmaking wizardry and unlimited range.

These rule changes won’t be going into effect immediately, so Young can still take advantage of the current way things are officiated in these playoffs. The Hawks are on a Cinderella run to the Eastern Conference Finals and will face the Milwaukee Bucks next. Young just led Atlanta past the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in seven games, and this team cannot be counted out.