WASHINGTON – Trae Young paused in the middle of his post-game comments, perhaps wondering if he was going too far, or feeling like he had already.
“I don’t want to get a ticket, but it’s frustrating,” said the Atlanta Hawks star.
It is unknown how the League will receive Young’s last words. This wasn’t a wild spiel, but it certainly had a lot to say about the trade after the Hawks lost 122-111 to Washington on Thursday night. Young was one of five players who received a technical foul during the game, and another was penalized for delay of the game.
“There are a lot of missed calls,” he said. “It’s basketball. It’s just, it feels like they’re learning, and I just don’t know. It’s frustrating.”
Young went into more detail moments later. There is a new rule this season against non-basketball moves designed to generate contact. Referees are not supposed to call defensive fouls when that happens, and Young and James Harden are often mentioned as players who could be significantly affected.
Young averaged 8.7 free throws per game last season. He’s averaging 4.4 this season after being scored just three on Thursday.
“I saw James say it’s about him, but he’s not targeting one or two players,” Young said.
Young mentioned Damian Lillard and Devin Booker, a pair of other star scorers with relatively slow starts.
“You can watch basketball. Damien Lillard never averaged 17 points probably since his rookie year,” Young said. “There are a couple of guys. I mean, Book averages 18. There are a lot of things that when guys drive straight and guys lose their balance, it’s still a foul, whether they’re wearing the bottom of the car. body or hands “.
Young said he’s not entirely against the changes, but he still wants some contact to be whistled.
“Turn around and jump at the guys, that’s different,” he said. “There are certain things that, I agree with the rule changes, but then there are things that are still fouls and the guys are going to get hurt. Especially a smaller guy like me who takes on bigger and stronger defenders, they are using their body and they are using their legs and their hands to stop me. “