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NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing
Published On: Thu, May 11
May 4, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; A Houston Rockets Power Dancer performs during a Los Angeles Clippers timeout in game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Los Angeles Clippers won 117 to 101. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets.

And for however long they are alive in these playoffs"and facing elimination in a Game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, it may not be long"there will be consternation from certain corners of the league about how the Rockets have created an unfair advantage for themselves and are "gaming the system," as one rival general manager told Bleacher Report.

That was one of several subjects discussed in a meeting Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. The league's vice president of basketball operations, Kiki Vandeweghe, invited the GMs of all 30 teams to air whatever grievances or issues they feel need to be addressed by the competition committee this summer. While Vandeweghe declined to provide details on exactly what was discussed, he made two promises: the subject of maneuvering for calls on three-pointers is on the agenda when the competition committee meets in July, and until then, no drastic changes are planned.

"We're going to continue to call things and look at things in the playoffs the same way we did in the regular season," he said. "This is certainly a priority butthese are complicated plays. They're best looked at in the offseason. We'll look at a lot of different clips and decide what should be done then."

That's not soon enough for one team. "The league has refused to take action," one of its executives said. "People have been making a point of this since January. The league is getting played."

Rest assured that whenever the competition committee reviews those clips, some will feature Rockets guards James Harden and Lou Williams, who have been the most adept at drawing fouls on three-point attempts during the regular season for three years' running now. This past season, they didn't just lead the league; they practically lapped it. Harden drew fouls on 124 three-point shot attempts, according to SB Nation's Kristian Winfield, while Williams did the same on 55. Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry and Portland Trail Blazers floor general Damian Lillard were a distant third and fourth with 32 and 30, respectively.

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