Young’s main sticking point is when he’s driving to the basket and getting thrown off-balance by a defender.
“When guys are driving straight and guys are getting knocked off-balance, it’s still a foul, whether they’re using their lower body or their hands to stop the defender,” Young said. “So it’s still a foul. There’s a lot of things they took out that was necessary, veering back and jumping into guys, that’s different. There’s certain things that I agree with the rule change. But then there’s things that are still fouls and guys are going to get hurt. That’s why, especially a smaller guy like me who’s going up against bigger, stronger defenders, they’re using their body and they’re using their legs and their hands to stop me.
“I know they’re looking for guys getting knocked off-balance, so if I’m going straight and I get my balance knocked off, that’s a foul. If they slow down my speed, that’s a foul. I know the rules, so a ref can’t come to me and tell me what happened and what didn’t, if I know exactly what they’re looking for, you know what I’m saying? So that’s pretty much it.”
Young said he had seen the Nets’ James Harden (who averaged 7.3 free-throw attempts per game last season) talk about how the new rule emphasis was targeting Harden, but said: “It’s not just targeting just one player, or two players, it’s a couple guys that you kind of feel the refs are holding their whistle.”
On how the Hawks have to handle it moving forward, Young said they’ll have to fight through it and try to adjust.
“You’ve got to fight through it and play through it,” Young said. “I mean, obviously they’re not going to change refs, as much as some of us would like. But I feel like we’ve got to adjust just like they’ve got to adjust. We’ve got to figure it out. I don’t know. I don’t want to get fined too much, but this is frustrating.”