With the lockout finally over and the Rockets about to play their first preseason game, guard Kevin Martin called the night's officials over to ask about a change that had nothing to do with collective bargaining or luxury-tax penalties.
He had been told the rules had been tweaked in ways that would impact his specialty, drawing shooting fouls. The "rip-through," in which players swipe their arms laterally through the extended arm of a defender and into a shot, would no longer be eligible for a shooting foul.
Shot fakes that prompt defenders to leave their feet and land on an opponent would not send him to the line unless he had begun his shooting motion.
Martin's signature move requires a rewrite
Houston Chronicle | Jan 16