What is a foul, and what is not a foul

I recently did a post complaining about the modern NBA.  For those who haven’t watched any games since the 1990s, I thought you might be interested in knowing how games are refereed today.  This link shows a play from last night, which is not considered a foul.

And this link shows another play, where a foul is called.

Nothing more exciting that watching skilled actors pretending to be fouled on three point shots.



5 Responses to “What is a foul, and what is not a foul”

  1. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    31. January 2019 at 05:42

    No NBA fans as readers? I don’t know if they called less fouls or not—-but the key point is the overall level of physical contact was greater during the Magic/Bird/Jordan/Thomas era——less 3s too of course. I do like the Warrior/Spurs style of play however——although the Spurs manage to look boring for some reason. Adding Boogie was insane—-they wondered how he would “fit-in”.

  2. Gravatar of Todd Ramsey Todd Ramsey
    31. January 2019 at 06:03

    I hate when Harden travels to get space for his shot. Just like I hated when Shaquille O’Neal was allowed to travel while bulldozing his opponent on his way to a dunk.

    Basketball is a better game when dribbling is required to move with the ball.

  3. Gravatar of mpowell mpowell
    31. January 2019 at 10:53

    Basketball has the biggest problems with officiating of any professional sport. Some of it is structural, some of it I think the league could do a much better job. Star preference has always played a role, but there has never been a star player with a more cynical game than James Harden. I don’t see any sign the league sees this as a problem though.

  4. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    31. January 2019 at 18:41

    Everyone, At least I don’t have to be a Knicks fan. LOL.

    mpowell, Don’t forget about football.

  5. Gravatar of Bob Bob
    1. February 2019 at 07:19

    I do not like Harden and i too think star preference is a huge problem. This year I’ve been rewinding and re-watching fouls on Harden, and I am very disappointed to say that most of the non-fouls are actually fouls when I rewind them. His movements are just so sudden that he is hard not too foul. Now, most of these fouls are touch fouls which I also don’t like. I think hand checking should be allowed below the chest as long as you don’t fully extend your arm. And touch fouls should be eliminated unless they present a true advantage.
    Anyways, try my rewind experiment. On another note, I did the same experiment on LeBron a few years ago and he does not travel very often. He definitely gets star treatment.

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