NBA superstar Stephen Curry experienced a new NBA rule firsthand on Monday night.
The Golden State Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers in a preseason game yesterday. At one point in the game, Curry used his infamous pump fake to draw in a defender before he then leaped forward and threw up a shot to try and get a foul. It was never called.
NOT THIS YEAR. goodbye jumping into the defender fouls. pic.twitter.com/FW47gdk0rl
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 5, 2021
Such is the new NBA. The league is cracking down on non-basketball plays like the ones Curry and others like James Harden and Damian Lillard have made a living on. Monday’s Warriors-Trail Blazers game is evidence the NBA is taking its new ruling seriously.
Curry is willing to adjust and adapt. But it’s going to take some getting used to.
“I still don’t know the nuances of the changes,” said Curry (h/t Darryn Albert of Larry Brown Sports). “There’s gonna be some confusion, let’s say that, to start. Like any rule changes, it takes some time to get adjusted to.”
Steph Curry still isn’t sure if he’ll have to alter his game at all due to the NBA’s new offensive foul hunting rules. He was used in an example recently by referees.
Here’s the full Curry soundbite + play in question (:32-second mark) pic.twitter.com/MJu3D2zstx
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 4, 2021
We might be overlooking the NBA’s rule change. It could have a drastic impact on players like Stephen Curry.
The new rule is a good step for the NBA, though. Basketball has become more about finesse than it has tough-nosed defense and physicality. The new rule should change that in coming years, and perhaps as soon as this year.
Don’t expect to see Curry drawing too many three-point fouls this upcoming season.
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