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There hasn’t been a rule change in the NBA in the past decade that wasn’t dedicated to putting up more points on the board and selling more tickets.
Ultimately, Commissioner David Stern has sold the game out, but that’s my opinion.
Everybody has something to say about the Kobe Bryant-Michael Jordan debate. But I would have loved to see Jordan play under modern rules.
Imagine if John Starks wasn’t allowed to put his hands on Jordan on the perimeter, or if Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason had to leave the painted area just as Jordan was arriving there.
The hand-checking, defensive three-seconds and zone defense rules were all implemented to help offensive players score, particularly highly athletic players.
Maybe that’s your thing, maybe not. But there are major inconsistencies in the rulebook.
First of all, the NBA needs to ditch offensive goaltending. If the point of basketball is to put the ball in the basket, then accomplishing that goal should be by any means necessary.
What’s illegal about making sure the ball goes in?
It’s sad to see Europe being more progressive than the United States in a game invented in the state of Massachusetts.
Secondly, why does the mini half-circle under the rim have so much power? Scorers who are going to the rim, thanks to an easier path, have to worry about Glen “Big Baby” Davis—the least athletic player in the NBA—sliding underneath them as they attack the basket.
And they call it defense, but only if he can get his giant, stumpy feet outside of this tiny restricted area.
This isn’t a criticism on Davis. In fact, more power to him for being able to use the rules in his favor when his ability to challenge a scorer at the rim is non-existent.
A foul call should have no bearing on location, only on contact and who initiates it. And besides—the offensive foul is the toughest call to make in all of basketball. With the general ineptitude of NBA referees, why make it more difficult on them?
And finally, there is the "Kevin Durant Rule," where he’s awarded two foul shots for initiating contact with a defensive player's hands and forearms, when the defender is supposedly entitled to any area he occupies first, or so the rulebook says.
Sure, it always looks like a defensive foul, but the defender never moves and no actual foul takes place. And as a fan, you can only sit back and laugh.
There are a half-dozen more rules or non-rules that could be addressed here, particularly involving the general lack of respect for rookies, but these are the ones where the league should start.