Report: NBA To Limit Players From Leaning Backwards and Sideways To Draw Fouls

Players in today's NBA are accustomed to manipulating their bodies — as well as their opponents — in order to draw fouls. In fact, it's rare that you see a player shoot after duping their defender with a pump fake; instead, they are taught to fly into the opposing player by using their momentum. This all might be coming to an end, however, as the NBA's competition committee met on Monday to explore rule changes to unnatural shooting motions, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Although the league views this circumvention of the rules as a universal issue, Wojnarowski notes that Trae Young, James Harden and Luka Doncic are at the forefront. The plan is for the Board of Governors to implement a vote for rule changes for the 2021-2022 season this summer. Then, the General Managers will be involved in discussing which unnatural shooting motions to repudiate. 

All three of the aforementioned players have been chastised by people around the NBA for their foul hunting. Most recently, in a game in December of this season, Nets head coach Steve Nash condemned Young for leaning backwards and drawing a foul. The two-time MVP exclaimed to the referee that Young's movement was "not basketball."

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