NBA implementing new rules that will irk Trae Young, James Harden, Luka Doncic
The NBA will indeed be instilling new rules and instructing officials on preventing the foul-baiting ways of stars like Trae Young, James Harden and Luka Doncic.
League officials had previously discussed a way to discourage players from using “non-basketball moves” to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Shams Charania of The Athletic previously reported the NBA plans to translate those discussions into action with a new set of rules and training for officials.
Charania noted the changes could take place as soon as the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Players will also receive training with respect to what is deemed a non-basketball move. Those are as follows, per Charania:
- 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.
In a follow-up update, Charania confirmed the implementation of the new rules and how the league is preparing for it. NBA officials are scheduled to be “trained to identify and properly rule overt non-basketball actions to initiate contact with defender.”
If deemed more than marginal (offensive player's contact impacts the defender's speed, quickness, balance, or rhythm) — play results in an offensive foul.
A no-call should result — if the contact is deemed marginal. https://t.co/h3dt4rLjL9
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 28, 2021
The NBA has been trying to find ways to limit the likes of Young, Harden and Doncic from baiting defenders and being excessive about seeking contact. These new rules will apparently stipulate certain moves, with officials now having the discretion to blow the whistle for an offensive foul or decide on a no-call if the move is deemed “marginal.”
Young’s exploits in particular have come under fire from some around the league. New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau hinted Young was officiated differently in the fourth quarter of Game 1 in the team’s first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, when Young attempted (and made) nine free throws.
Time will tell whether this actually alters how certain players approach the game, but that appears to be what the NBA is going for.