Which basketball player is widely credited with inspiring the NCAA to temporarily ban slam dunks?
Before the 1967-’68 season, the NCAA announced it was banning the slam dunk. The ban is widely believed to have been enacted because of UCLA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then named Lew Alcindor), who dunked over his opponents with ease. The no-dunking rule was referred to as the “Lew Alcindor rule” by the press. As a result, Alcindor adapted and developed a new move called the skyhook, leading UCLA to two national championships in the next two seasons without a single dunk. The NCAA’s ban on dunks lasted for ten seasons.
Answer: The correct answer is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.