Lakers News: Frank Vogel Wants NBA To Take A Look At ‘Euro Foul’ Rules
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The NBA has made several changes to its rulebook over the last few years with changes applying to both the league’s structure as well as basketball and non-basketball moves.

Most recently, the Association took on the “unnatural” shooting motions that many skilled players used to draw fouls by initiating contact with a covering opponent, most notably while performing a jump shot.

Earlier, the NBA extended the inclusion of the Play-In Tournament for the 2021-22 season. The postseason win-or-go-home battle for the last seed in each conference debuted in the Orlando bubble due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Intentional fouls to stop a fast break could be next on the league’s agenda. Cases of the so-called “Euro Foul” mushroomed across the league in the first couple of weeks of the current season. Head coach Frank Vogel said he noticed a growth in usage of the Euro Foul this year.

Vogel added he would like to see the NBA take a look at the rules surrounding the play, via Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Trudell:

In most circumstances, the Euro Foul is ruled as a common foul in the NBA. Interestingly, FIBA has already taken care of the disruptive play.

In European leagues, game officials punish the defensive side committing a Euro Foul by rewarding the attacking team with two free throws and possession of the ball.

The NBA has a similar “clear path foul” that rewards the same thing, but that is only called when the player being fouled is ahead of all of the defending players.

Mid-season NBA tournaments probable in the future

In the lead-up to the 2021-22 season, the NBA reportedly discussed a future introduction of another mini-competition, similar to the infamous Play-In Tournament.

Unlike the play-in games, the new tournament would take place in the middle of the season. Although the structure of the extra in-season competition remains unknown, it is rumored the winning side would be rewarded with $1 million per player in prize money.

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