THE NBA announced it would crack down on groin hits and traveling in the 2016-17 season.
NBA referees were informed of the officiating developments this week during preseason training sessions and meetings.
The most notable episode of the groin hit violation involved Golden State Warrior forward Draymond Green who was suspended in the NBA Finals after he hit LeBron James in the crotch during a play. Officials said they are doing it to protect players from swinging arms and legs from opponents who are attempting to draw fouls.
The league will also take a closer look at traveling following complaints from coaches that players are getting away with extra steps, specifically in the perimeter.