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Several coaches and players have openly questioned the league’s new “freedom of movement” rules that cut down on contact. The result has been lots of confusion on defense, lots of free throws and lots of points on the scoreboard.
Count San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay who doesn’t seem to be a fan of the changes.
“The league’s going soft, man,” Gay told The Athletic. “It’s tough, man. It’s a contact sport. A contact sport. I understand that you’re changing the direction of the player, but right now it’s overboard a little bit. I mean, it’s been a point of emphasis, but you’re trying to get … you can’t touch guys.”
Gay, 32, has seen just about everything in the NBA. He is averaging 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Spurs this season.
Guys are about to run, and basketball is a physical game. That’s what we lift weights for, right?” he asked. “If you take the physical nature away from it, then – I mean obviously we have to adapt. It’s going to take some time. And if that’s the rule, then we’ve got to find a way to do it.”
Pacers coach Nate McMillan also recently expressed frustration about how the games are now called.
“We’re calling so many fouls, a lot of it off the ball, that even during the course of the game it changes,” McMillan said. “We’re trying to adjust to the rules with these touch fouls. Grabbing and touching can be called a foul every possession down the floor. It would screw up the game. Something needs to change.”