RIP Bill Russell...

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Now you got me to thinking, so I did some research. It turns out that the 3 second lane was widened twice, once in 1951 to reduce the dominance of George Mikan, the first true big man, and again in 1964 to handicap Wilt Chamberlin, which is the rule change that I was thinking of. And I'm old enough to remember when college basketball outlawed the dunk because of Lew Alcindor.

That would be a pretty good definition of a dominating player, when they have to change the rules of the game to level the playing field.

Good exchange, thanks!
I do know that the paint was narrowed in response to Mr Basketball.
 
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