« on: November 26, 2013, 07:15 AM »
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/20131126_Hands-off_policy_in_college_basketball.htmlQuote from: Dick JerardiOffensive players were being impeded from moving about the court. Holding by defenders had somehow become acceptable.
If there was contact between an offensive player and a defender, the default call had become a charge. Players were scared to drive to the basket because defenders would just start falling down and whistles would blow.
College basketball had become this great spectacle where nobody wanted to face the reality that the games had become boring. It had become a game of weight training not skill. It was no longer the game everybody thought it was or wanted it to be. So they changed the rules to bring offense back into the game.
What a GREAT quote from a very knowledgeable basketball guy!
BUT I think the "faking (flopping)" problem was worst than the "holding" problem!
Faking and getting rewarded for it when EVERYBODY in the gym knows there was faking has no place in any level of basketball!