Question from earlier this week answered.

Earlier this week, we posted a question for readers to guess the answer to our Sports Trivia question:

Why did the NCAA ban dunking in the late 1960’s?

    The answer: Because Lew Alcindor, known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was too dominant a player who was able to dunk at will.


    NCAA officials felt that Abdul-Jabbar, who stood 7-foot-2, would be virtually unstoppable with the dunk.


    In 1967, the rules were changed to forbid dunking in NCAA basketball, and is sometimes referred to as the “Alcindor Rule.”


    In 1975, the rule was rescinded to allow players to dunk once again.


    Abdul-Jabbar received numerous honors and awards throughout his collegiate career at UCLA and professional career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, including:

    – 3x Consensus first-team All-American (1967-69)
    – 3x National College Player of the Year (1967-69)
    – 3x NCAA champion (1967-69)
    – 3x NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1967-69)
    – UCLA No. 33 retired (1990)
    – NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
    –2x NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972)
    – 6x NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    – 2x NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
    – 6x NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
    – 19x NBA All-Star (1970-77, 1979-89)
    – 10x All-NBA First Team (1971-74, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
    – 5x All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985)
    – 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979-81)
    – 6x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970, 1971, 1976-78, 1984)
    - 4x NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980)
    – NBA rebounding champion (1976)
    – Milwaukee Bucks all-time scoring leader (14,211 points)
    – NBA all-time scoring leader (38,387 points)
    – No. 33 retired by Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers
    – NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

    Other honors/awards include:
    – 2x Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year (1967, 1969)
    – 2x Oscar Robertson Trophy winner (1967, 1968)
    – 2x UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1967, 1969)
    – Naismith College Player of the Year (1969)
    – Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” (1985)
    – National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2007)

    In 2009 and 2010, Abdul-Jabbar was a 2-time NBA champion.


    He is also the first player in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.


    On Nov. 16, 2012, a statue of Abdul-Jabbar was erected at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.