I still don't understand why we want to penalise guys for extending the game in those situations. Yeah, don't karate chop a guy in the neck, but everybody in the arena (or at home) knows a foul is coming - as long as excessive force isn't used, I really don't get what the league is trying to stamp out.
To me it's really simple. Basketball is trying to create a cleaner, more free-flowing game by eliminating actions that - while accepted for years - really are nothing to do with basketball. Grabbing a guy, purposely bumping a guy, .. that type of thing is not basketball. Either play legal defence, or get out of the way so that the guy who just beat you can score like he deserves to. Fans like seeing points put on the board. If a team has the ball and a numerical advantage and look like generating a score out of it, then plenty of people would like to see them have a chance to rather than a "professional foul" killing the play with minimal penalty to the lazy team.
To me it's as simple as that, and I am on board with it as a philosophy.
Just because something has been some way for years doesn't mean it's the best way and should be beyond questioning.
"Everybody in the arena knows a foul is coming" - yes, because that's what people are used to. That is what has happened in the past.
Now there's been an adjustment.
Teams can still foul, but now they're required to at least be slightly "basketball" about it.
I honestly don't get what is problematic about this. Yes there's an adjustment to be made, just like with any change of rule/interpretation, but after that we've got a better product. It's a way of tipping the balance more in favour of the offence while still being totally fair about it. It's not stopping anyone from playing defence.
The off-the-ball 'hack-a-Shaq' type of fouls I'm a lot more open to being called as USF, but fouling the ball handler in the dying seconds of a close game... I just don't get it.
Again, pretty simple to me. It's just taking a modification to the game and being consistent with it. What I "just don't get" is why people have such a problem with eliminating things like lazy grabs of the body/shirt from behind. What is so good about that happening? How does that make the game more skilful or watchable?
In all my years of playing and watching never once did I think it was something that needed addressing.
It's not something I really considered either. I pretty much accepted the way things were. So props from me to FIBA for being thorough enough to come up with this, because I think it's an improvement even if a player or two takes a while to adjust.