View Full Version : Rule change legalizes LeBron's 'crab dribble'

10-20-2009, 06:26 AM
So-called "star calls" have been commonplace in the NBA for many years, even if it often perturbs fans. But you haven't truly arrived until you have your own "star rules." Sha quille O'Neal has been there for a while; Le Bron James is just getting there now. Decades ago, the league installed a rule that players who are fouled before the ball is inbounded or away from the ball in the final two minutes of the game get free throws plus another possession. This was once known as the Wilt Chamberlain rule, but over the past dozen or so years has become known as the Shaq rule. It limits the effectiveness of the hack-a-Shaq strategy late in close games. Five years ago this month, the NBA installed a hand-check rule that prevented defenders from placing their hands on players when they're driving from the perimeter. At the time, the league was concerned about the pace of scoring after watching the Spurs and Pistons rack up titles by holding opponents in the 70s with physical defense. The fact there were a host of young, skilled drivers in the league probably wasn't a big factor in the decision, but it turned out to be a huge benefit for them. There's no doubt it has been a significant advantage for James, who started exploiting it on a nightly basis and instantly became a regular in the league scoring leaders. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer .....Ben's Take: Everyone in the NBA is going to be going crab crazy now. Whatever LeBron wants, LeBron gets. Sam Smith should write a new book, the LeBron Rules.

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I am a Lebron fan but if this all turns out to be true.. all I can say is WTF!!!!:mad:

10-20-2009, 06:53 AM