Every pre-season, the league sends an official to each NBA city to update the press on what the officials will be emphasizing in the coming season. The session for the Warriors media was before Tuesday’s game. Guess who was the official who ran it?
That’s right. Bob Delaney. Yes, the same official who fell for Derek Fisher’s flop and called Monta Ellis for the charge against the Lakers last year, a call that cost the Warriors a critical game.
He is a great guy. Super honest, and funny. An all-around pleasure to be around. He even explained why they missed that call. On inbounds, there is usually a blind spot and they sometimes can’t see grabs and holds. Anyway, there were other things he explained to us. Figured you may be interested.
*Just because a defender is hit square in the chest doesn’t mean it’s an offensive foul.
*When the offensive and defensive player arrive at a spot at the same time, it will be ruled a blocking foul. In other words, a tie goes to the dribbler
*A player flopping does not negate the fact that contact was made and therefore an offensive foul can be called
*if a defender was not in position before the offensive player gathers the ball (or picks up his dribble), then it’s an automatic blocking foul, even if the player is set when the contact is made
*The secondary defender coming over to draw a charge will be called for blocking fouls
*When a player is taking a charge and has his heels on the semi-circle under the basket (the restricted area) raising his heels does not mean he’s not in the restricted area. There is an imaginary vertical plan
*If a player is in the restricted area but goes straight up and doesn’t bring his hands forward, and the offensive player initiates contact, it’s not a defensive foul
*It was emphasized that body contact with players who are in the air – such as stepping under a player while he is attempting a shot – will be called a defensive foul. Officials will be cracking down on that
*They are also going to be looking for holds and grabs on inbounds plays
*Screeners must allow a player to “stop and/or change directions” on back picks, otherwise it’s an offensive foul
*Overt gestures aren’t automatic technical fouls anymore; only when it is directed at referees. Same when a player throws the ball or punches the padding under the basket