“I feel like he’s unfairly become the poster boy of not calling these fouls,”
Nets head coach Steve Nash said after his team’s disappointing loss at home.
“Some of them are definitely fouls still.”
“Yeah, but I’m not the type to complain about it,” he said after agreeing wit
h Nash’s assessment that he’s the poster boy of the league’s new rule change.
“I ask every official: If they see a foul, just call a foul. Sometimes, I feel
like, coming into a game, it’s already predetermined or I have a stigma of get
ting foul calls. But I just ask for the officials to just call what they see.”
Harden also said he’s not going to change the way he plays because of the new r
“No, I’m playing. I can’t stop playing basketball,” he said. “A foul is a f
oul, no matter what league it is. But it’s bigger than that. I’ve got to play
better obviously. That’s it.”
“I’m just getting my confidence back,” Harden said postgame. “I’m a little
hesitant. You guys can see it.
“For the most part I don’t think anything has changed outside of the three-poi
nt rule that they changed,” Durant said of Harden’s struggles getting fouls.
“I don’t think James had to adjust his game because they’re not calling the f
ouls for him.”
“I think he’s got to stick with it,” Nash said. “But they’re just so alert
and aware, and he’s the poster child of these new decisions. I get it, there’s
a line, but some of them are still fouls. So, he’s just got to stick with it,
he’s got to keep going to the basket, and he’s got to do what he does because
a large portion of them are still fouls, and if he doesn’t get fouls, he can st
ill make plays.