107Re: [APBR_analysis] Re: Cha at Mil, 5/20
- May 23, 2001
if you watch a game from the 1970s, early 1980s, and even the 1960s (i have a
few on tape, including playoff games), you don't - in my opinion - see
anywhere near the amount of contact between players that you see in the games
of the past 6-7 years. back then if a player was fouled where it was obvious
the defender did not even try to go for the ball fights would erupt and
players would be ejected. any of the major bumping you see (and i mean major)
that they allow today was a foul 20-30 years ago....
its my contention that this allowing of contact in today's game is the
primary reason for the slow paced games of this past decade. you can say all
you want about how back then (25-35 years ago, if not just 15-20) players did
not play defense, but i firmly believe the game was called much tighter. any
major contact was a called foul and thus you had a more open game...
i'm convinced that if the rules were changed today to prevent hand checking
and any major bumping, and any hard foul where in the ref's opinion the
defender made no attempt to go for the ball was called a flagrant (and an
immediate ejection), plus bring back the 3 to make 2 and 2 to make 1 bonuses,
the game would change in less than a year's time to higher scoring and more
possessions per game...
the league's attempt to correct this also is flawed. i believe the league is
allowing zone defenses next year to force teams to run more to prevent a zone
from being set up in the first place. but it will backfire in making the game
even more slowed down with less true action...
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