In the months before the 2021-22 season, the NBA implemented a new rule to clean up shooting foul calls. The league is hoping that it can lead to a better-officiated game. Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry has quickly given his assessment regarding the added regulation.
NBA implements new rule to eliminate “unnatural shooting motion”
Before the 2021-22 season, the NBA implemented a new regulation centered on players attempting to draw shooting fouls.
The rule aims to eliminate fouls drawn from an “unnatural shooting motion,” such as the offensive player leaping into the defenders to get calls. The league is hoping to limit players from leaning backward and sideways to draw fouls.
Over the last decade, the NBA has pushed more favorably toward scoring. However, there remains a problem with foul calling as it’s led players to find other ways to get to the free-throw line. Drawing fouls through contact has played a significant part in that effort.
It has been a bumpy early process as Stephen Curry recently revealed his feelings toward the new rule.
Stephen Curry’s comments on new NBA rule change sheds light on tough challenge ahead: ‘There’s gonna be some confusion’
The NBA’s decision to implement the new foul rule has quickly led to a shining example involving the Warriors star point guard.
During Monday’s preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Curry attempted to draw a foul behind the 3-point line by lunging into the defender. Since then, the two-time league has fielded questions concerning his perspective of the new rule.
The 33-year-old voiced on Monday that he believes there will be plenty of initial confusion as players get acclimated.
“I still don’t know the nuances of the changes,” Curry said. “I’m sitting there watching the video, like, uhh, I’m still confused on how that’s not a (defensive) foul. There’s gonna be some confusion, let’s say that, to start. Like any rule changes, it takes some time to get adjusted to…I’m sure there is going to be some antics early when things don’t go a player’s way based on how it used to be called, but we will see.”
As for his own game, the seven-time All-Star stated that he’s uncertain about whether he will have to adjust but does believe that he doesn’t lean his focus too heavily toward trying to draw fouls.
“I don’t know,” Curry said. “I’ll complain sometimes I try not to. I am more worried about getting a shot off than drawing a foul. I do have fun around the 3-point line when I get contact. I’ll make sure it’s known that I got hit, but we will see how it goes, but I have no idea.”
Curry added that he loves the league’s effort toward officiating better to get the “purity of the game” instead of having teams playing through the free-throw line. At the same time, it places a significant adjustment ahead for the players needed to alter their approach to drawing fouls.
NBA players will adjust as the 2021-22 season moves along
With any new rule, there will be an initial rough patch as players adjust.
Many of the game’s best players, such as Curry, James Harden, Trae Young, and Luka Doncic, will experience their share of rough moments. The referees will likely work to overemphasize it in the preseason and regular season to set the tone.
Players and coaches will have some pushback, but the NBA hopes this can create a strong positive change moving forward.