Now that the free-agency frenzy has reached a state of calm, placing a number of familiar faces (Kevin Durant) in new places (Golden State), I feel the need to address what I think is the NBA’s biggest issue and it’s not the millions of dollars some players may not deserve (depending on who you ask).
Like Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) told Doug Roselli (Harris Yulin) in Training Day, “Give him credit. He worked the system. He deserves his freedom.” Even average NBA players can do special things on the basketball court, while putting a load of stress on their lower extremities so give them their money.
While I’m looking forward to the 2016-17 season and all of the story lines just like many other seasons dating back to the early 90’s, I’m not eager to see bad free-throw shooters forced to shoot foul shots and kill the entertainment value of a professional basketball game.
Since Gregg Popovich started this trend of fouling horrible free-throw shooters away from the ball, the NBA has allowed players to be fouled without the ball until the final two minutes of the game.
But for this upcoming season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver passed a rule that prevents bad free-throw shooters from being fouled away from the ball during the final two minutes of each quarter.
Andre Drummond (36 percent), DeAndre Jordan (43 percent), Dwight Howard (49 percent) and a few more of their counterparts will be clanking just as many unguarded 10-foot shots with the clock stopped as before unless they all prove to be better free-throw shooters this season.
I suggested to fellow fans of the game that coaches should not be able to use this strategy during the final six minutes of a game but spectators always feel they have the best suggestion. Although, I definitely don’t see how this is beneficial to the paying customer during an era when the game revolves around shooting or attacking from the perimeter instead of post play, which none of the aforementioned players excel in unless they are dunking the ball via alley-oop.
Well that’s what the NBA decided to do and the rules can’t be changed too much to protect the shortcomings of just a handful of players. So when the Clippers, Pistons, Hawks and a few other teams have a lead prepare yourself for opponents to send Jordan, Drummond and Howard to the foul line for a sight even the opposing coaches don’t want to see.