NBA Rule Changes For 2021-22 Campaign

Jake Cooper - 21 Oct 2021

With another off-season behind them, it’s only typical to the swing of things that the NBA would be making a number of rule-adjustments ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

The most notable of these is how fouls will be called in the coming campaign, with players more likely than not to experience an increased difficulty in driving play into the paint in an effort to incite fouls. Essentially, the change means refs won’t be as hard on the whistle as before when blowing a foul.

The idea behind the change, explained NBA VP of Referee Development and Training, Monty McCutchen, during an interview earlier this month, is to balance out the playing power between offensive and defensive players in such a way that “good competition” flows from just about any angle during a competition.

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Positive Response All Round

The rule has attracted mostly positive feedback so far, including from Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.

While it’s difficult to predict how summer training and trials will pan out during an actual season on the court, the goal will always remain that of putting the ball into the basket, said Curry of the change. He said this will always beat getting the free-throw line by some cunning device.

But changing up the foul-call isn’t the only amendment the league has announced for the season. Although a small amendment, there will be a definite change noticed during the final two minutes of games. While previously it had been up to officials to call for out-of-bound reviews, going forward, this will fall to the coaches, much like they typically do during the early stages of a game.

96% Of Players Now Jabbed  

What has remained the same after a carry-over from last season is the make-up of the play-in tournament. This will again this season feature four teams from each conference to battle it out for a spot in the Playoffs.

Just like last year, the No. 7 and No. 8 finishers will play each other for the spot of 7th seed, with the loser taking on the winner of a matchup between the No. 9 and No. 10.

Meanwhile, with 96% of all NBA players reportedly now vaccinated, the league appears to be moving ever closer to its goal of full-scale vaccination.

With the drama around Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets an ongoing one, NBA legend Magic Johnson on Monday added his voice to the party by saying any player who chooses to remain unvaccinated are essentially letting their team down on purpose.

Johnson said he would never have harmed his team’s chances of winning a championship in such a selfish manner.

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