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Report: NBA expected to change rules to stop “take” fouls, but probably next season

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 27: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics talks with referee James Capers #19 after being called on a technical during the second quarter of the game against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on October 27, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

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The NBA’s new enforcement of no foul calls on non-basketball moves has been almost universally loved this season. A few shooters and scorers feel the pendulum has swung too far and now actual fouls are not getting called, but getting the “jump four-feet forward into the defender” fouls out of the game has been great for the game.

Next, the NBA needs to get rid of the “Euro foul” or “take foul” — when a defender intentionally fouls a ballhandler in the backcourt to prevent a fast break. There’s been a noticeable increase in these fouls this season, and it was growing a few seasons before as well.

The NBA has noticed and is looking into changing the rule, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Good. This needs to happen. Fast breaks are the most exciting play in the game and these fouls destroy the flow of the game. Let basketball players play basketball.

The fouls have increased because teams score far more efficiently in transition than set up in the halfcourt, leading smart teams and players to use these fouls to take away that advantage.

It’s nicknamed the “Euro foul” because it was so common in international play leagues put in a new rule that awarded two foul shots plus the ball out of bounds.

This should be easy for the NBA, the G-League already has this rule in place — with one free throw and the ball out of bounds — and has the wording to define exactly what is a take foul (“A foul in which the defender does not make a play on the ball against a player with the ball or who just released a pass… [and] a foul that takes away a transition opportunity”).

While we would all like to see this be put in place sooner rather than later, by the time the rule is approved and the referees trained, it more than likely will be next season before this foul is part of the rule book.

Still, better late than never. Anything that helps the flow of the game and allows the players to be athletes.