gcclaker wrote:Chamberlain also never fouled out of a single game. I will never forget the story of how he told Jordan that to be considered truly dominant is having The League change the rules to stop you.
I can think of a few rule changes that were aimed at him:
- the NCAA widened the lane from 6 to 12 feet in 1956. That was Russell's influence, but they saw Wilt coming.
- the NCAA banned offensive goaltending in 1957. Wilt again. Teams inbounding the ball under their own basket could throw the ball over the backboard and Wilt would outjump everyone to dunk it. That was a favorite play at Kansas, where Wilt went to college. Kansas had other plays designed to funnel the ball to be stuffed by Wilt at the rim.
- the NCAA banned grabbing the rim in 1957. Yep, that was Wilt too. He'd use the rim to help himself to easy baskets and blocks.
- the NBA widened the lane from 12 to 16 feet in 1964. Wilt's mobility had made a mockery of the 12 foot lane to that point. At both ends of the floor.
- I can't find a reference to this, but Wilt once took free throws by getting a running start from midcourt, taking off from behind the line and dunking the ball. Easy for an athlete like him and yes that was legal. Now have to stay behind the line until the ball hits the rim.
And along those lines, the NCAA banned the dunk due to Kareem's proficiency at getting to the rim. Recall they did it following his freshman year when he had to play with the freshman team.