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Offensive Foul Bananza



The NBA needs to make changes to the way that the offensive foul is being called. More and more, defense is turning into a game of falling down. Whether it's a flop or just a guy jumping in somebody's way at the last second, defense is less and less about making a play on the ball and more about getting run over. The rash of offense foul calls discourages players from going to the basket, and ruins the flow of the game.

When Drexler and Kersey were running the break, a 2 on 1 fast break would end in a dunk. Now it ends in a pull-up jumper or a turnover. In many ways, the "restricted area" has made things worse b/c it seems that the only consideration now is whether a guy's heels aren't touching the line. The concept of "being set" seems to be out the window. Fouls are routinely called on the offensive player who is literally in the process of jumping toward the basket as the defender slides underneath him. It makes for timid offensive play and a lot more jump shots. The fact that "Charges Taken" is now an official stat at the Rose Garden should say it all.

Perhaps the solution is a new interpretation of what it means to be set, or perhaps bringing the "restricted line" out another two feet would help solve the problem b/c so many of those calls happen just outside the circle when the player is near the hoop. One way or another, the NBA should address this in the off-season. It's getting ridiculous.

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