Written By: Stephanie Santa Maria
Now lets examine the palming violation a rule that should not be ignored , but it is ignored in today’s game. Mainly its the point guards that get away with this one, at least there the biggest offenders.
Lets start where it really began to change , where I first noticed anyway Tim Hardaway, A talented point guard with explosive speed and great ball handling skills. Once he was given the free pass to palm the ball his killer crossover was very hard to defend.
Allen Iverson, a player with even more explosive speed then Hardaway . The amount Iverson was allowed to palm the ball was limitless , Iverson would slide his hand under the ball midway through the dribble causing a hesitation that would throw off the timing of a defender that was already disadvantaged trying to guard Iverson. Now make no mistake Iverson was not the only one allowed to do this he just magnified it with his natural ability. Currently point guards such as Chris Paul and many other speedy guards palm the ball fairly often with out a whistle being blown.