DALLAS – In an annoyed tone, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle once referred to it as “that stupid jump-in thing.” Kevin Durant prefers to call it his “rip move.”
Whatever you want to call it, it’s not working in the Western Conference finals.
The move, which is Durant ripping the ball through the triple-threat zone and flailing it toward the hoop when he feels contact with the defender’s arm, is designed to draw a foul. The refs have been swallowing their whistles when Durant tries it this series, so the NBA scoring champ says he plans to scrap it.
"I guess it's not going to get called anymore, so I guess I'm going to have to throw it away," Durant said. "I'm not going to try it again because they didn't call it last game. I'm just going to try to make a stronger move and try to get to the rim or make the shot instead."
Carlisle hasn’t complained about Durant’s rip move during this series. However, Carlisle made a point of it after Durant attempted 16 free throws in a Thunder win in Dallas last season.
"He scored several points on that stupid jump-in thing," Carlisle said after that game. "It’s an unnatural basketball play. It should be disallowed.
"That should be an offensive foul, because it’s totally unnatural. It doesn’t flow with the game at all. It’s completely manufactured.
"It’s like that old kick-out-the-leg play that is now an offensive foul. That’s what that play should be. There’s no question. There’s no place for it in this game."
A little more than 14 months later, Carlisle has no reason to complain about that stupid jump-in thing, aka Durant’s rip move.