Top 10 Rules Named After Players
Perhaps no sports league has more minutiae with respect to its rules than the NBA. The growing popularity of the league, combined with the close quarter combat involving its players, seems to put nearly every play under a magnifying glass.
Recently, commissioner David Stern raised eyebrows when he wondered out loud whether the NBA should go to the international style enforcement of goal-tending rules, i.e., an offensive player may interfere with a ball on the rim (or in the cylinder). If this rule change is adopted, it may take on Kendrick Perkins' name, since it was the Thunder center's crucial play in Game 1 of the opening round of playoffs against Denver that sparked the debate. The NBA chided its refs by noting that the late-game tip-in shouldn't have been allowed, since it was illegal - under the current rules.
The NBA by no means is the only league that considers/adopts rule changes after a controversial play or a circumvention of a loophole. Sometimes they involve rules on the playing surface, at other times the governing principles on salaries, eligibility and the whole gamut. And these rule changes, when implemented, often take on unofficial monikers in honor of the players who inspired them. These are our Top 10 Rules Named After Players: