The only refs who ever call that are the ones that like being the center of attention. This is not just an NBA thing either.The "in the lane" rule in the NBA is just disgusting on every level. Virtually every free throw guys step into the lane too soon. They virtually never call it. I'm like, look....either it's a rule or it's not. If you're never going to call it, just take it out of the stupid rule book. Unlike traveling or block/charge, which sometimes is pretty hard to adjudicate, stepping into the lane early is pretty cut and dried. Just frigging CALL IT. Guys will stop doing it if you actually call it. Or don't call it and take it out of the rule book.