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:
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:
This play should result in a no-call, as the offensive player leans into the defensive player (at an abnormal angle), but the contact was marginal. If the offensive player had initiated more than marginal contact, an offensive foul would be the correct call. (4/7) pic.twitter.com/GUUL7C2ldY— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 8, 2021
And this will now allegedly be in line with the ways of Earth 1:
An offensive foul should be called on this play, as the offensive player uses his right shoulder and hip to dislodge the defender and the offensive player lands outside his normal floor position. (5/7) pic.twitter.com/w0Fc9z3p13— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 8, 2021
And, at long last, these moves should now be consigned to the dustbin of chicanery:
On this play, the shooter kicks his leg up at an abnormal angle to initiate contact with the defender. An offensive foul should be called on the play. (6/7) pic.twitter.com/2o1xQj3nla— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 8, 2021
This play should result in a no-call, as the offensive player’s off-arm hooked the defender’s arm (in the process of abruptly attempting a shot in a non-basketball manner) but did not impede the defender’s ability to continue defending the play. (7/7) pic.twitter.com/AKEm0TeEwZ— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 8, 2021
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.
One that's on the level.