Those of us who have played know how hard it is to employ the skills necessary to catch the ball and dribble it while attempting to make some move to score or create play. Even those of us who have coached or watch the game closely understand the level of balance and skill required.
This is not an easy skill and with the pressure of a defender covering your point of attack or reaching out and upwards with hands to block the ball it makes it harder still. Secondary help will also make it harder again.
In the key you have limited time and officials will sometimes be reminded by your opponents that you are taking more than the usual 3 seconds to do something with or without the ball, especially if you tend to dominate games due to your size and or skill.
Defenders don't have to worry about travelling as they can move any which way and the ball isn't hindering them as they don't have to worry about it. They are not however permitted to push, grab, hold or slap you as far as the rule book is concerned.
Defenders should slide, hold their ground and play in a vertical cylinder to apply pressure and if they have the chance or the athleticism they can block your shot attempt or even try to strip you of the ball. All this can be done legally, within the rules.
Unfortunately I see too many times, here and on the TV that a defender can in fact lock arms, they can push from behind, they block the run of the player making a cut in the key and they can pull a player out of the way or hold them hindering opportunity and breaking their balance.
(I am not even going to expand on other illegal tactics and the issues created by continuous elbow throwing, standing on toes or jabbing into a player's lower back).
What all this does is not seen immediately, it is not deemed to be problematic to officials or anyone who doesn't know what the end result will be over time. Players become frustrated and do something that eventually may be called as a tech' foul or unsportsmanlike. Games can get out of hand and of course injury is a risk!
It shouldn't get to this stage and the officiating is largely to blame, unfortunately. I have spoken to officials here in Australia about this behaviour and even some referee coaches who monitor and teach officials during games.
Unfortunately their opinion sometimes includes comments like, 'they are big boys and they like it rough.' or 'They are big enough to take a hit or two.'
What a shame this attitude exists and we can't clean the game up to a point where we can all enjoy the skill and ability young kids are being taught, but by about 16 years of age start to become frustrated and disillusioned by.
Of course some contact is necessary, I would never advocate no contact or over officiating. There is obvious illegal contact however that seems to just go by without being addressed and it is destroying the game, making kids leave the game and injuring players over long term battering or through accidental or reckless acts like the one being discussed here.
I don't know the answer or how this can be rectified, I just know what is causing the problem, why can't our referee advisors and those in power to do something about it? Why can't they see what I see, bugger if I know!