And now Lute Olson has chimed in. Like many coaches, he's not a fan. (Can we get some headlines on coaches who are fans? Perhaps I'll make some calls.) Telling USA Today the way the game is officiated now is "ridiculous," Olson harped on the fact the game is now herky-jerky. The rhythm is gone.
"Frankly, I really don't like it that much," Olson said. "I think it takes teams out of their rhythm. It seems like there is a whistle stopping play so many times. I can understand if they are arm-barring a kid and keeping him from where he wants to go.
"Some of these touch fouls I think are ridiculous. I don't think they are good for the game. We go to all the home games here at Arizona. And I don't blame the crowd when they get upset because the thing I hear more than anything is, 'Let them play.' And I think that is probably the feeling of most basketball fans."
"I just hope we can get back to some common sense and let the kids play more and let the fans enjoy the game. For the kids, it has to be frustrating, you have your hands straight up in the air and if the offensive player jumps into you, 90 percent of the time I think it is going to be called a block. I don't think it's good for the game, frankly."
I think this is overstated to a degree, but as I address in the Izzo link above, the concern is legitimate. Fair sample size or not, coaches are worried about how the game could turn into something less than what basketball's designed to be. How? By baiting fouls more than ever thanks to new rules. By clogging the paint and sending a penetrator inside to draw contact.
Maybe that'll happen to a degree; I suppose it always has in a certain extent. Regardless, we knew this would be a dominating storyline of this season, and we're not even a quarter of the way through it yet. The cries will get louder as we move closer to the point where even more eyes are on the games.