The players only have ten seconds to complete a single free throw. This seems like a very simple rule, but some players have a hard time with it. Notable players that have been ‘caught’ breaking this rule are Karl Malone, Dwight Howard and most recently Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In recent years, the backboards have been improved, but it did happen on several occasions. Shaquille O’Neal is the most famous example of a player who managed to do this.
Of course, it is not allowed for players to punch other players. But did you know that it is also not allowed to punch the ball with a closed fist?
This is a rule that hopefully will never have to be used. If there would be an accident where at least five players of a single NBA team die, there would be an emergency draft. In that case, each team could protect 5 players and the affected team could draft the other players that are not protected by a team. This would even out the playing field again. This rule was introduced after 10 players of the Minneapolis Lakers almost crashed with a plane in 1960, but luckily that did not happen.
Normally, if a player receives his sixth foul, he will have to sit out the remainder of the game. But, there is always an exception. If there are no other players available, as they have also received six fouls, the player can remain in the game. It is described in the NBA rules as follows: “Said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly.
This rule was once used in a Warriors – Blazers game back in 2010. There were other circumstances surrounding the game, but the result was the same, a person that was fouled out, was allowed to finish the game.