The NBA is cracking down on several aspects of the game that they believe give certain players an unfair advantage. One particular move that has caused a bit of controversy is the league’s new rule change on baiting offensive fouls. Along with the likes of James Harden and Trae Young, Stephen Curry has also been singled out as one of the players that are being targeted by this rule change.
Come the new season, the NBA will be implementing certain measures to ensure that players using non-basketball moves to draw fouls will not be rewarded for their efforts. For his part, Curry admitted that right now, he remains uncertain as to how these changes will impact his play:
“I still don’t know the nuances of the changes,” said Curry (h/t Darryn Albert of Larry Brown Sports). “There’s gonna be some confusion, let’s say that, to start. Like any rule changes, it takes some time to get adjusted to.”
Steph Curry still isn't sure if he'll have to alter his game at all due to the NBA's new offensive foul hunting rules. He was used in an example recently by referees.
Here's the full Curry soundbite + play in question (:32-second mark) pic.twitter.com/MJu3D2zstx
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 4, 2021
The league actually used the Warriors star as a specific example in their attempt to explain the rule change. According to the NBA, this is exactly the type of play they will aim to eliminate from the game.
An offensive foul should be called on this play, as the offensive player uses his right shoulder and hip to dislodge the defender and the offensive player lands outside his normal floor position. (5/7) pic.twitter.com/w0Fc9z3p13
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 8, 2021
Honestly, this might actually have an impact on Curry’s style of play. As he said, however, it will just need some getting used to. The Warriors point guard is the greatest shooter of all time, so he’s definitely still going to find ways to get that ball through the net.
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