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Mini-Quiz: Basketball Players Who Caused Rule Changes

by Ron Kurtus (revised 6 July 2015)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why was the 3-second rule initiated?

Leroy Edwards was clumsy and would often take over 3-seconds the shoot the ball

To prevent rough play in the area under the basket

To speed up the game, requiring Edwards to shot the ball within 3 seconds.

2. Why was goal-tending outlawed?

To prevent tall players like George Mikan from virtually stopping opponent's scoring

It was dangerous for players to be jumping so high

It prevented Wilt Chamberlain from making too many free throws

3. How did the "Alcindor Rule" help basketball?

It prevented UCLA from dominating college basketball

It caused Alcindor to change his name

It was a useless rule that was later changed

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Sports Knowledge. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Leroy Edwards - Wikipedia

George Mikan biography - Hoopball Hall of Famers

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Wilt Chamberlain biography - Hoopball Hall of Famers

Wilt Chamberlain bio -

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar biography - Hoopball Hall of Famers

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Wikipedia

Robert A. "Bob" Kurland - Hoopball Hall of Famers

Bob Kurland - Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

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Mr. Basketball: George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA (2008) by Michael Schumacher

Wilt: Larger Than Life by Robert Cherry (2004)

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2010)

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