The NBA recently announced a change to the foul rules that many fans have been split on. The rule notes that refs will not award fouls to the players who actively bump into oncoming defenders in order to draw contact during the shot.
This rule will have a major impact on some of the NBA's best offensive players. Players like James Harden, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young have become experts at drawing contact in order to get to the free-throw line. Implementing this rule will take a significant weapon out of their respective offensive arsenals.
Despite this causing a significant disadvantage for some of his best players, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is a huge proponent of this rule change.
In an interview with The Athletic, Kerr said that the original foul rule would cause fights in a pickup game, so it was a matter of time until it would do the same in the NBA. Changing this rule was the right call, as the NBA can now prevent this, and uphold the sanctity of the game which many have felt wasn't happening before.
"The game needs it. If we’re making calls in the NBA that would literally start fights in a pickup game, a fight is going to ensue. If we’re making those calls in the NBA, when we couldn’t get through a pickup game, then we’re doing something wrong."
Steph Curry experienced the enforcement of this new rule in the Warriors' preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Steph bumped into the defender during his shot but didn't get the foul call awarded to him. Fans reacted to this by mercilessly trolling Steph, claiming that tactic won't work this year.
But Curry won't be the only player suffering from this rule change. There are many players in the modern NBA who have not experienced a tighter officiating of the game, and if they are unable to adapt to this rule, they may be in for a rude awakening.