You know that guy that’s completely unbeatable in 2K so you don’t let him play with good teams to try and make things more fair? Well, over the course of the years, this has actually happened in real life too.
How come? Well, some players actually forced the league’s hand into changing some rules in order to make their style of play a bit more fair to other players, as they completely changed the way the game was played on both offense and defense.
Rivals had to defend them differently and they kept getting torched, so eventually things had to change for the sake of the game. So today, we’ll take a look at 5 NBA players that actually made the NBA change the rules.
5. Wilt Chamberlain
Well, Wilt the Stilt was without any single kind of doubt the most dominant NBA player during his entire career, being the lone 100-point scorer in a single game as well as owning the record for most NBA records. Ha.
And as a matter of fact, due to Wilt’s dominance, the League made several changes to the books, like for instance, they actually widened the lane from 12 to 16 feet, as well as introducing offensive goaltending and interference. Besides, they forbid to inbound the rock over the backboard, as Wilt constantly received lobs to dunk on inbounds, and they also prohibited players from crossing the free throw line during a FT, as Wilt constantly did so to dunk and get 2 points instead of 1.
4. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller made a name for himself due to his relentless and consistent three point shooting, being able to pull up or catch and shoot from everywhere on the floor to score three pointers, being the first reliable threat from downtown in the history of the league.
But besides this, Miller was actually quite clever and crafty, so he often kicked out to draw contact against everybody that guarded him beyond the arc, constantly drawing 3 free throws even if his defender didn’t actually touch him, so the league banned that leg kick while shooting.
3. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaq was, no questions asked, the most dominant center in basketball during his entire career, showing absolutely no liabilities or mercy on defense or offense, and being able to put 30 points with 4 swats with great ease as if he was playing against children. In fact, people actually tried to foul him and THEY wound up getting hurt.
O’Neal made the league change the materials of the backboards (once again after Darryl Dawkins forced them earlier), changed how zone defense was played and even changed one rule: The Hack-a-Shaq. That meant players couldn’t intentionally foul opposing players that didn’t have the ball in their hands during the last 2 minutes of the game or they would reward the opposing teams with 2 free throws and the ball, as you see now against Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre Jordan.
2. Charles Barkley
The undersized power forward was also extremely pesky, crafty and dominant during his prime, practically single-handed leading the Phoenix Suns to contention despite never being able to lead them to a championship.
Besides, Barkley made the league change one particular rule: The Booty Rule (WTF?). Barkley would actually use his butt to post defenders for as long as 20 seconds before actually shooting the ball, so in response to that, the league stated that no player below the free throw line could actually do this for longer than 5 seconds.
1. Shaquille O‘Neal
Yeah, he did it once again. Remember what we told you about zone defense? Well, you have to thank the 3-second rule to the big man, as David Stern had to do something to try and stop him from completely dominating and shattering everybody in the paint.
Before Shaq’s three-peat, zone defense wasn’t allowed in the paint and all coverage had to be man to man, but even the biggest and strongest guys couldn’t contain O’Neal and needed extra help, changing the way every team in the NBA defends the lane nowadays.