Count Draymond Green as a fan of the NBA’s rule change that deemphasizes ballhandlers and shooters attempting to draw fouls.
The Golden State Warriors forward scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished eight assists during his team’s 103-82 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday when, unprompted, he commended the referees’ adjustment.
“Can I also say how satisfying it has been to watch the game of basketball without all those (expletive) calls?” Green said before apologizing for swearing. He continued:
“Can I say how satisfying it is to watch the game without all those terrible calls? That guys (are) cheating the game and grabbing guys and getting the foul. I’ve been really enjoying watching basketball this year.
“I kind of had stopped watching the NBA a bit because it was too much flailing and flopping and guys cheating the game to get free throws. I think that’s been great and I would be (remiss) if I didn’t mention that. Because I think that has been fantastic.”
Throughout the offseason, NBA officials were trained to identify non-basketball actions in the name of getting a foul call — such as an offensive player launching into a defender.
Green said that after trending toward a game of who could draw the most fouls, the change has led to better game flow and more defense.
“Kudos to the league and our referees,” Green said. “It’s been great basketball to watch and it’s better for our game.”
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Warriors’ Draymond Green likes new NBA rules minus ‘(expletive) calls’
Source: Yahoo Sports