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NBA to Implement New Rules Meant to Reduce Foul Calls on Non-Basketball Moves

NBA officiating staffs will be trained to identify and properly rule overt non-basketball actions to initiate contact with defender.

Non-basketball moves, including:

  • Offensive players launching into defenders.
  • Offensive players abruptly veering off of their path. 
  • Shooters kicking their legs out at abnormal angles.
  • Offensive players using their off-arm to hook the defender.

If deemed more than marginal (offensive player’s contact impacts the defender’s speed, quickness, balance or rhythm), the play results in an offensive foul. A no-call should result if the contact is deemed marginal.

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