Originally Posted by Deuce Bigalow
You think MJ was dominant in the playoffs? There was Mikan right there with him.
Both those guys played in eras where the NBA allowed a certain degree of paint-camping - this is from the old NBA rulebook, Rule 2b under the Illegal Defense Guidelines
b. When a defensive player is guarding an offensive player who is adjacent (posted-up) to the 3-second lane, the defensive player may be within the "inside lane" area with no time limitations. An offensive player shall be ruled as "postedup" when he is within 3' of the free throw lane line. A hash mark on the baseline denotes the 3' area.
But the NBA changed the rules in 2005 and banned all paint-camping by making a clear-cut, simple rule that is easy to abide by and enforce - defenders have to stay within "armslength" of their man to remain in the paint.
If an offensive players stands on one of the blocks, or inside the paint but near the FT line for example, his defender is not allowed to stand under the rim in either of these instances, since that is far out of armslength reach (a man's arm is 3 feet, and the paint is 16' x 19").. But in previous eras, the defender could legally camp "with no time restriction" anywhere inside the paint in both of these instances.