NBA champion with the Bulls in 1993, Trent Tucker is best known for his New York period in the 1980s. A specialist in outside shooting (41% success at 3-pts), this substitute back notably averaged 11.4 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 interceptions in 1986/87 , his best season in the league.
But his name has mostly remained in history for an action that dates back to January 15, 1990, against the Bulls. That evening, there was still a tenth to play between Chicago and New York, then tied (106-106) at the end of the fourth quarter. Theoretically, the Knicks have no chance of avoiding an overtime…
Except that Trent Tucker receives the ball at 3-pts and he sends a prayer… which falls into it! Teammates Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley win on the wire, but the Illinois franchise protests.
Nothing helps: the NBA validates this game winner, but she still decides to change her rules. To write a new one in passing, known as the “Trent Tucker Rule”.
Since then, and from the 1990/91 season, no shot taken 0.3 seconds from the end of the match will be considered valid. The only way to score is therefore a tap, or a deflection, on a lobbed pass. Which explains why Derek Fisher’s legendary shot against Spurs, 0.4 seconds from the end, was granted in 2004.
Twenty years later, FIBA also adopted this rule in 2010 and, during the 2011/12 season, the NBA pushed the concept into its 24-second clock, with the appearance of tenths of a second.