Today in Sports History: July 30

A new rule, dubbed the Allan Houston Rule, was instated after the NBA’s 2005 collective bargaining agreement. The Allan Houston Rule granted every franchise a one-item chance to remove one contract from their roster. The media named this rule after Houston who had played one season with the Knicks. His contract was due to cost the team more than $40 million in two years, even though Houston missed much of the 2005 season due to a persistent knee injury. In addition to his injury, Houston was no spring chicken at 34-years-old. Despite the media’s predictions, the Knicks used the so-called Allan Houston Rule to pass on Jerome Williams, a power forward. This decision proved to be a poor one since Houston’s knee never fully recovered and he didn’t play another Knicks game. 

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