certainly a foul," you say.
not," I reply.
I fake once. You
don't move. I fake twice. You don't move. I fake three and four times, and
finally you go up in the air. I drive past and make my layup before crashing
into the pine trees behind the hoop.
seconds," you say.
serious," I reply.
This is the NBA.
These are NBA rules.
A foul could be
called on every play of every game on the NBA schedule. That is fact. Even more
fouls could be called in the playoffs, when the intensity level goes off the
Richter scale. Every night and every game, there could be a succession of tall
people stepping to the line to stare at an orange rim and try to make a free
This does not
happen. Not often. Not in the NBA.
this is a foul," All-Star guard Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons says as
he puts a moderate slap on a sportswriter's wrist. "In the pros...keep
playing. You'll turn around at first and look for that call, but you'll stop
soon enough. This is the way the game is played here."
call the ticky-tacky fouls here," Celtics All-Star guard Dennis Johnson
says. "That's one of the first things you notice."