In the spirit of January’s Rules for the New San Francisco Football Fan, here’s a primer on the NBA rules for fans who are perhaps tuning in for the first time during the Finals. Here’s an excerpt:
Charging Foul: Running into a dude who is standing still, as long as the dude falls on his back and pretends to be hurt.
Blocking Foul: The flipside of a charge. Blocking is when you get in a guy’s way if you aren’t standing still, or if you don’t look sufficiently traumatized by the contact to draw a charge.
Cock-blocking: Technically, this is only a party foul.