NBA players have been known to do this during games and it drives announcers and fans crazy. The NBA has sent another strong indicator that the penalty for transition take fouls is about to change.
The NBA will be implementing a new rule regarding transition take fouls during Summer League and if all goes well, that rule will hopefully trickle into the NBA by the time the 2022-23 season begins.
If a defender gets called for a transition take foul, the opposing team will not only get awarded one free throw; it’ll also be awarded possession after the free throw.
“A personal foul and team foul shall be assessed and one free throw shall be awarded to the offended team when a defender commits a transition take foul,” the NBA announced in a statement. “The free throw may be attempted by any player on the offended team in the game at the time the foul was committed. The offended team shall be awarded the ball on the sideline at the nearest point where play was interrupted but no nearer to the baseline than the free throw line extended.”
Changing the rule at the NBA level has been mulled for several years, with momentum moving toward finally making something happen in recent months.
“I am confident that we’ll see a change,” Adam Silver said in the AP interview. “I would not say I’m overconfident that it will be the last change, even though this is a rule that we’ve been experimenting with in the G League for last four years.”
“I think the take foul needs to be abolished as soon as humanly possible,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said during the playoffs.
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