In honor of the Lakers and Robert Sacre - Five little-known basketball rules still in play

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4) 10 second free throw time limit

Free throws are a vital part of the game, with fans and players alike seeing them as a great way to rack up easy quick points.

But the NBA has a rule in place just in case any player chooses to take their time while facing the basket.

As part of the league’s rule no. 9 concerning free throws, it is stated:

“Each free throw attempt shall be made within 10 seconds after the ball has been placed at the disposal of the free-thrower.”

You have to wonder exactly what the benefit would be for a player to prolong the shot, unless he is trying to catch his breath?

And as such this rule rarely comes into force, unless you are Dwight Howard.

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