Adam Silver And The NBA Are On The Verge Of Changing More Rules That Will Make The Product Even Better

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This Adam Silver guy, this guy gets it. First, it was eliminating the bullshit non basketball move baiting fouls that were ruining the league we all love. Pretty much every single person who watches the NBA agreed that something had to be done with that stuff. It's only been a few weeks and outside of some crying from James Harden, everyone from the players to the coaches loves the changes. Even as a fan watching the games it's noticeable how much better the gameplay is. Games aren't slowed down by bullshit calls, defenders now have an actual chance to guard opposing players, and if I had to bet I'd say those changes are here to stay.

Now that we've seen how great those rule changes have worked, pretty much everyone is once again in agreement with the next rule change that the league needs to make. The take foul. 

Find me a person who likes that play. You can't. It suuuuuucks. You know what I want to see? Fastbreaks. Highlight dunks. That's the good stuff and the take foul robs us all of that joy. It's one of the things I've always wanted the league to steal from FIBA basketball. You do that shit there I'm pretty sure it's punishable by death aka two FTs and possession. Players will immediately stop doing it if there's the potential things to turn into a 5 point play. It's such a no brainer decision I'm honestly a little surprised they didn't fit that in with the rule changes for this year. That's not a basketball play the same way jumping into a defender isn't. It sounds like the owners and players all agree which is music to my ears. 

If you screw up and throw the ball away or have a turnover, your punishment should be having to sprint back and ya know, play defense. Just grabbing a guy as he goes by is both lame and it robs us all of the potential exciting plays. The league should care about that because those are the plays/dunks that go viral and can be shared all over social media. Seems like a win/win for everyone involved.

In terms of the game ball, I blogged about that this morning and it'll be interesting to see what type of adjustments are made. Is it a material thing? A finish thing? Will they ultimately just tell the players to suck it up? Either way I'm not too concerned about that. I care about removing the bullshit take foul from our lives and it looks like it's only a matter of time. Thank goodness.