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Referees to enforce “Reggie Miller rule” on shooters trying to draw fouls

Oct 22, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

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You know the play were are talking about — the jump shooter goes up and gets his shot off as the defender comes out to challenge the shot, then just as the defender arrives the shooter kicks his legs forward, makes contact with the defender and goes down like he was shot. It’s about trying to draw the foul.

The league is going to be looking out for that specifically this season and calling it, according to the Boston Globe, which had a few notes on officiating this coming season (hat tip to SLAM).

Also, officials will emphasize the “Reggie Miller rule” for a shooter who kicks his legs out during jump-shot attempts to create contact and draw fouls. Officials plan to call offensive fouls on shooters who blatantly kick out their legs to initiate contact.

Dwyane Wade, you’ve been warned.

This is a good thing, part of the league trying to crack down on flopping. In an ideal world this is a “no call” situation, but if calling a few fouls on the shooters gets in their heads and guys stop doing it, all the better.

On the flip side, the league needs to also crack down on defenders coming out to challenge the shot then intentionally getting their feet under where the shooter lands. We’ve been seeing that more lately it seems and it’s another trend that needs to end.

One other note on referee focus from the Globe:

Officials will also be more aware of the “Respect the Game” rule, being more stringent on players who show an excessive amount of emotion arguing calls or attempt to delay the game while protesting. Finally, officials will lighten up on calling technical fouls for players who throw the ball against the stanchions.

  1. zidanevalor - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I don’t personally like the technical foul for delay of game after catching the ball under the basket. I wouldn’t mind if it was a team technical, but I think sometime in the next couple of years, someone is going to get ejected for it and it will cause an uproar.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      If you are referring to touching the ball after it goes through your basket, then I disagree with you. After your team has scored you cannot interfere with the opposing team trying to inbound the ball. Lots of players grab the ball after they’ve made a shot and it delays the opposing team being able to quickly inbound and allows the team that made the shot to get back on defense. If you make the shot get your butt back up the court and stop delaying the game. I’d like to see that called much more than it is. And it’s called virtually never.

  2. zblott - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Referees will enforce this rule for non-stars. No way they start putting Dwyane Wade in foul trouble for this patented move.

    • lmoneyfresh - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      LBJ and Wade get to argue calls until they’re blue in the face. That rule has also never applied to them.

      • dls612 - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        it amazes me how u heat haters come up with this crap! Unlike u I actually watch every game if I’m not there at the game and u probably live outside of Florida and only get to watch them play occasionally but yet u think u know it all “argue till they blue in the face!” Let’s talk about the all the fouls that aren’t called for them!

      • lmoneyfresh - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        Anybody that has to use the word “hater” in their counter argument, is immediately disqualified from any half-intelligent discussion. And come on, are you trying to say the heat don’t get enough calls? Wow..

      • dls612 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        Intelligent conversation? Your comment wasn’t intelligent just another chance to take a shot at the heat. Go figure another outsider! U probably comment on every article concerning the Heat! ( hillbilly! )

      • lmoneyfresh - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        I gave you the benefit of the doubt and said “half-intelligent” and it turns out I’m guilty of giving you too much credit. And I have no clue where the hillbilly comment came from or is intended to mean.

    • bougin89 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      That is the biggest thing I have against NBA officiating. The calls vary depending on if the player is a star or not…that’s one really big advantage college basketball has over the NBA, their doesn’t seem to be as many questionable calls going in a star players favor.

  3. dls612 - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    That’s sucks for u ginobili ! Not worried about wade, he can adjust!

  4. jgray30 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Good job. now only if they could take away Dallas championship from a couple yrs back. DIRK KICKS people EVERYTIME he shoots the ball lol

  5. raycharlesj - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Miller was the king of that move and it helped him to the Hall of Fame!!! but the officials have never called this move fairly they let him get away with it but call lessor players with fouls, I really doubt they will get it right now!! I can still see Ray Allen and some others getting away with the “Reggie” at crucial times in crucial games.

  6. dysraw1 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    they are gonna need five refs,to cover all this crap.

  7. zacksdad - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I am a Laker fan here. I like the idea, but I think Kobe needs to watch out also. They should also call a offensive foul when a defensive player jumps up and the offensive player jumps into to him to make contact. Another thing Kobe and all the others do.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford are sad. Along with half of the Heat shooters.

  9. rocirius - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    It should be called a offensive foul because it is so offensive. Also, it should be called the Wade rule since Reggie has long since retired.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      C’mon, it’s one of Reggie’s few legacies. Gotta let him have something since he never got a ring, although he did win an Olympic medal.

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