Elam, a Middletown Madison High School graduate who is now an assistant professor in educational leadership at Ball State, thanked the NBA for using a version of his rule and said the NBA surprised him with a trip to the game to see the rule in action in person.
“I’m even more proud the format is being used to pay tribute to the great Kobe Bryant,” Elam wrote on Twitter.
Elam also thanked NBA star Chris Paul for putting in a good word with the NBA about the Elam Ending.
“This is a big step forward for a dream,” Elam wrote, “to extend the reach of the Elam Ending throughout the basketball world. I’m confident the NBA won’t leave me in the dust either and will find a lasting way to acknowledge me as the originator of this concept.”