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107Re: [APBR_analysis] Re: Cha at Mil, 5/20

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  • bchaikin@aol.com
    May 23, 2001
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      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...

      bob chaikin
      bchaikin@...





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