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As many players’ scoring numbers continue to drop, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green is loving what he sees on the implementation of the NBA on its new foul rules. 

After their 103-82 home dub against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green expressed his love on the guidelines right at his post game press conference, saying that he is satisfied to see matches without terrible calls.

“Can I also say how satisfying it has been to watch the game of basketball without all those bulls–t calls? I’m sorry. I’m not supposed to curse in interviews, right? Can I say how satisfying it is to watch the game without all those terrible calls? “

“That guys [are] cheating the game and grabbing guys and getting the foul. I’ve been really enjoying watching basketball this year.” 

Green further said that he stopped watching the league for a while upon seeing “guys cheating the game to get free throws.”

“I kind of had stopped watching the NBA a bit because it was too much flailing and flopping and guys cheating the game to get free throws.

“I think that’s been great and I would be remissed if I didn’t mention that. I think that has been fantastic.”

Coming from an established bruiser and defensive player, the new rule is a blessing.

But for some, it serves as a curse.

Some notable stars, like Trae Young, recently expressed their frustration on some non-foul calls. The Atlanta Hawks guard is now averaging 4.3 free-throw attempts in six games — only half from what he averaged last season with 8.7.

“There’s a lot of missed calls. It’s basketball. It’s just, it feels that they’re learning, and they’re just — I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”

– Trae Young after a loss vs. Washington Wizards

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden, who is famously known for his foul-baiting tactics, have seen his attempts diminish in this new season. Harden has 5.7 charity stripe average so far, lesser to the 7.3 he had last season, and considerably lower to what he attained in the 2019-2020 campaign (11.8).

As we are still on the early pages of the NBA’s 75th season, we might see the players and officials finally adapting to the new foul rules. As such, time will also determine if these talented athletes can find a new hole to smash the score sheets.