urning and lowering your shoulder is always an offensive foul in that scenario
Movement was minimal, and didn't create any contact that wouldn't have happened anyway.
Randle's head was vulnerable.
By that logic, everyone's head is always vulnerable, so every foul should be unsportsmanlike.
The whole point of rules like that is for player protection.
Rules like what? There is no rule.
The criteria for an unsportsmanlike foul:
- Not a legitimate attempt to play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules
- Excessive, hard contact caused by a player in an effort to play the ball
Plus two others that apply to defensive players only.
Point one obviously doesn't apply.
Per article 33.2: "As soon as the player leaves his vertical position (cylinder) and body contact occurs with an opponent who had already established his own vertical position (cylinder), the player who left his vertical position (cylinder) is responsible for the contact."
Maric's rotation never removed him from his cylinder, therefore Randle is responsible for the contact, therefore point two cannot apply. This also means it's not a foul.
It's legal to turn your body to protect yourself, as long as you remain in your cylinder.