This Year, NBA Refs Have Got Your Verticality ...

Published on 24-Sep-2021 by Biff BoJock

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This Year, NBA Refs Have Got Your Verticality ...

For a while now, The League's been hinting they're going to do it.

Now, they're saying they're going to do it.

For the good of mankind, maybe this season, they will do it.

Namely, getting rid of players doing their best Leaning Tower of Pisa impressions in their quest to deploy the dark art of foul hunting.


Perhaps, finally, the NBA's gonna go where the Italian government hasn't, can't, or won't.

Their gonna put some enforcement into that term that makes anyone with any respect for scientific disciplines cringe:

The Principle of Verticality.


Well, hopefully, it means the return of common sense to how referees interpret contact and who initiates it.

As in a throwback to Old School, where logic was seen as a universal force for good:


If the NBA can maintain its resolve to call what is and not go further outta the way to protect its stars who've been abusing their privileges as a form of birthright, then this means a stripe's arm is gonna go up when he sees ...

  • a shooter launching or leaning into a defender at an abnormal angle;
  • an offensive player abruptly veering off path -- sideways or backward -- into a defender;
  • a shooter kicking his leg up or to the side at an abnormal angle; and for good measure,
  • an offensive player using his off-arm to hook the defender.

Drawing distinctions here, as Allan Houston would now realize if he was still playing:


And this will now allegedly be in line with the ways of Earth 1:


And, at long last, these moves should now be consigned to the dustbin of chicanery:



It's all gonna come down to enforcement, as it always does with these things. Around mid-season, it'll be more evident as to how much the game's stars are bitching about it and how tired the referees are of hearing it.

If the crackdown holds, though, dudes like James Harden and Trae Young will have to raise their tactics to a new level.

One that's on the level.