Basketball purists will welcome the NBL's plans to crack down on illegal physical tactics.
New rules designed to improve offensive flow were met by mixed reactions when they were introduced at last weekend's NBL pre-season Blitz tournament in Sydney.
Defensive-minded players who prefer a lot of contact might take time to adjust, while offensive-minded players have welcomed the changes.
Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod believes the new rules will be good for the game.
"The directive from the NBL front office is that they want to open the game up," McLeod said.
"They want to get away from WWF [wrestling] and they want to see points on the board.
"Defensively we have to find a way we're going to play because the game has opened up.
"It was a pretty tough weekend for players and coaches with regards to the changes, and it was a tough weekend for the referees going in a new direction, but overall the games were really good. If it stays that way it will be good."
If the high scores at the Blitz are the guide, the new rules had the desired effect for NBL officials.
"On the weekend they had the whistle and they were blowing it. It certainly helped to turn the scoreboard over," McLeod said.
"The things that have been emphasised before - hands off the ball carrier, stuff in the post - were being enforced and more calls were made on the guys getting to the hole.
"A lot of teams were going to the foul line, not so much in our games, but the other teams that really pushed the envelope had a lot of foul shots."
After pre-season losses to St Marys College, Cairns (twice) and Perth, Wollongong chalked up their first win with Sunday's 101-98 overtime victory over Melbourne.
The Hawks play their final trial games against Sydney this weekend. Friday's clash is at Sutherland, while Sunday's match is scheduled for the Snakepit.
Guard Rotnei Clarke was Wollongong's leading scorer at the Blitz. He finished with 25 points against Melbourne and knocked down the game-winning three in overtime.
Clarke suffered a cork against the Tigers and is hoping to recover in time to take on the Kings.
McLeod expects playmaker Rhys Martin to make his first appearance of the pre-season against the Kings after overcoming a serious knee injury.