NBA Wants To Change The Rule To Stop Stars Like Trae Young And James Harden To Draw Fouls On Jump Shots

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For years, fans and some media personalities have complained about how some players 'hunt fouls' against unaware or unprotected defenders, leaning sideways or backward to create contact and get a whistle.

James Harden, Trae Young, and Joel Embiid are among the league's most prominent figures constantly engaging in this action, literally throwing their bodies towards the nearest defender to get fouled.

That's why, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the league is finally going to dig deep into its rule book to change this rule and prevent these scorers from having an unfair advantage over their defenders:

"Sources: NBA’s Competition Committee met Monday to further explore rules changes to restrict unnatural motions on jump shots players use to draw fouls. NBA wants to limit players - including stars like Trae Young, James Harden - from leaning backwards and sideways to draw fouls." Wojnarowski tweeted.

Young, Harden, and Embiid have drawn a lot of criticism for this practice. Even coach Steve Nash went as far as to say that it wasn't basketball, and fans constantly complain as it messes with the flow of the game.

Then again, neither of those players should be to blame for getting those calls. They're just using their rules in their favor, and that's also part of the game.

Now, they'll just have to reinvent themselves as all great scorers do. They have enough tricks on their bags to continue getting to the line and dominating at will, even if they don't get to crash or lean into their defenders anymore.

Hopefully, this will give defenders some kind of advantage again and we get to watch some good-old defensive contests once again, as, ironically; the high-scoring totals are also reportedly driving some fans away from the game, especially from older generations.