This has been eating at me for a while: the allowance of "the hook." It is a go-to, repetitively performed move by LeBron, either off the dribble or turning out of the post; I've seen Melo called for that very move twice in his career. The rule is in the books in black and white, and lately, I haven't seen it called at all. To me it looks like a case of "f it" by the refs and a lack of accountablility held to it by the media. If not the violation of the rule that bothers me, than the lack of willingness of NBA announcers to be critical of it. I don't think the "flopping rule" would have gotten passed if Jeff Van Gundy hadn't repetitively made it one of his well known pet peeves during air-time. I've seen NFL rules that have changed out of cheeky moves that disgruntled fans and players.
I'm over the hand-check rule, but allowing this without hand-checking just undermines the roots of basketball and any semblance of balance between offense and defense when the game was invented. I'm in the school of thought that you owe the game consistency with it's original design...within reason. If you come from the "makes the game more entertaining, so the ends justifies the means"..agree to disagree...we've upheld traditions in sports much worse than a few regulations for offense in basketball.
Regardless of what side you come from, please share your thoughts.
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