Is that picture below a block or a foul? Does Chris Paul palm the ball or is that just a cool hesitation dribble? As fans, sometimes we think we know better than the refs even if we don’t know what they know. Well, now the NBA has decided to let the fans and the media in on exactly what the zebra stripes, in their finite wisdom, should be calling as violations. Everything you wanted to know about fouls, moving violations and technical fouls can be found in the new NBA Video Rule Book. In 150 video clips, the NBA provides the technical information taught to its referees. According to the league,
The NBA Video Rulebook website is intended to help explain the Rules of the NBA game to all interested parties – our teams, the media, and our fans.
The videos in each section illustrate examples of different kinds of fouls and violations, with detailed descriptions and explanations of each play. To find a specific type of play, hover your mouse cursor over the tabs at the top of the page and the drop down menus will take you to whichever play category you are seeking ! The site will be continually updated as we add new video examples, so please check back often to see what new plays have been added.
This fantastic site may help cut down on bar room arguments or technical fouls assessed to fans. The information is well-organized and priceless. Not only is it good for the novice, but it should be enlightening to the most die hard and long standing fans. Check it out.