Originally Posted by Rake2204
Righto. The essence of the rule is to discourage someone from immediately and intentionally grabbing a player before he has any opportunity to get into the open floor.
I kind of feel it was the NBA's way of preventing players from stopping showtime plays or at least advantageous ones without those defenders having to commit any sort of energy or skill. Chase him down and stop the dunk? Sure. Turn the ball over but then just stand and grab him right as he hits half court? Not so much.
Except it also gives incentives for fouling a player in the air from behind as opposed to fouling a player from behind while he's dribbling on the ground.
It almost encourages players to make the more dangerous play anytime a defender has the ability to run with the guy on the fastbreak.