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KD7 or Under Armour ClutchFit Drive?

More often than not I'm the shortest player on the floor, and I like defending so I need very good traction and on offense I mostly shoot from mid range. Any suggestions?
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Blocking three pointers in basketball

In basketball, why don't players block three pointers by putting their hand above the hoop and pushing it away? Many players are close to 7 feet and can easily reach the hoop, so why doesn't a player ...
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In the 2005-2006 NBA season why was Denver seeded above Dallas despite having 16 fewer wins?

In the 2005-2006 nba why was denver seeded above dallas even though they had 16 fewer wins? this never made sense to me?
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I need a reference - Is Luis Suarez the Dennis Rodman of soccer? [closed]

I have no reference to what kind of player Luis Suarez is as I don't watch soccer, but I read that he's an excellent player but has some terrible scars on his record. Is he like Dennis Rodman, ...
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How does basketball overtime strategy differ from regulation?

Both teams have demonstrated they can achieve similar offensive production. Does defense become more important? Is there a unique strategy regarding three-point field goals, steals, assists or other ...
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Has any information come out that clarifies how sick Jordan was during his famous “flu game”

Michael Jordan's flu game is one of his most famous performances as a basketball player. Yet I remember that at the time there was some question about how sick he really was: had he been acting some ...
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What dates are NBA matches guaranteed to be between?

I have a set of NBA matches (both regular and playoffs) and their dates and I need to determine which season they belong to. I was thinking of having an interval for each season that the matches are ...
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Whats the maximum number of games at the playoff phase in NBA?

I was checking out the playoff bracket the other day and I realised that a significant number of the games (on the first stage) went up to the 7th game. Considering that there are 15 games in total x ...
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Is there a way that I can rank NBA teams in each season?

I would like to rank NBA teams in each season by some sort of metric, and I'm not sure if something like this exists already or not. It would be better if it was a metric that can tell me how good an ...
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Is this a held ball (which should have led to a jump ball)?

Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxY47I-pc-Q Greg Anthony (the commentator) is quite insistent that this should have been a jump ball. But it looks to me that the ball was not in ...
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Team foul but not a personal foul

When are team fouls not person fouls? Is it correct that offensive fouls are not considered personal? Are there are other such fouls? Also is if you have one technical and one flagrant 1 is that an ...
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Types of technical fouls in NBA

Generally there are various types of technical fouls in NBA at what sort of situation which technical foul will be called?
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Why do athletes need help standing up?

Watching televised sports, especially American Football and Basketball, it seems that whenever a player falls or is knocked down, he needs help getting back up. With football, it is somewhat ...
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What is the seeding logic for the March Madness play-in (First Four) teams?

So, you'd think that the "First Four" teams would be considered the worst teams in the NCAA Tournament. They have to play themselves into the bracket a couple days before the real tourney starts. ...
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Developing fast twitch muscle fibers in kids?

What are suggestions for starting training for fast twitch development with kids of young ages? I am a big sports fan and I've had my experiences as professional athlete, right now I am training a ...
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Looking for an objective crybaby metric… Are there any NBA “complainer” statistics?

I was watching Heat vs. Knicks last night with a few friends, and each and every one of them is a LeBron hater. I'd understand if they disliked him because he abandoned his hometown and conspired with ...
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Basketball shooting technique: what makes the ball go forward?

I am learning the technique for making shots in basketball. How do you make the ball go forward to the hoop? After following all the advice I found so far, I can shoot beautifully in front of the ...
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Which player scored the most points in one game in each season?

I would like to see a statistic showing which player has scored the most points in one basketball game every season. I know Wilt Chamberlain holds the general record, but it would be nice to see who ...
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Basketball Bounce Shot/Circus Shot

What happens when I bounce-pass the ball into the basket? Does this count as a successful basket?
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Three Point Field Goal Point of Release

Does the point of release have to on/behind the three-point line to make a successful 3-pt field goal? Or can one release the ball from anywhere in mid-air, provided their last step was outside the ...
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NBA draft picks as a team rebuilding strategy

I am reading about strategies that general managers use to rebuild an NBA basketball team. By rebuilding I mean the process of letting go existing players and signing new young players with the aim of ...
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Rule on Being fouled shooting at the wrong basket

Let's say a player gets fouled while shooting at the opponent's basket either intentionally or unintentionally (deflects it in or makes it accidentally passing it cross-court while bringing the ball ...
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Traveling rules in basketball

I have a few related questions about traveling in basketball. I get the general idea, but I am not sure about some specific cases. They all involve the pivot foot leaving the ground. The first three ...
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What are some good drafting strategies for a recreation basketball league?

Age: 16 - 18 I analyzed the past two championship teams who won it all in the last two years, and here is what I discovered about the types of players they drafted: 1. Last year's team: First Round ...
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Basketball scoring shot [duplicate]

In basketball, is it a legal shot if the ball pass from the bottom of the hoop back up above then back down through the hoop again? I guess it might be possible to attempt this shot if you are under ...
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What is the name of a guy who comment highlights in NBA

Does anyone know the name of the guy who does most of the postgame highlights on NBA. http://www.nba.com/video/games/heat/2013/11/09/0021300089-bos-mia-recap.nba ...
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Is climbing in basketball according to the rules?

Imagine me, climbing and sitting on someone's(teammate) shoulders. We are standing near opponents basket. I get a pass and since i am at 3 meters height, i cannot be blocked and most probably i will ...
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Why are points awarded 2 and 3 in basketball?

Why is a regular shot worth 2 points and a "Three pointer" worth 3 points in basketball? Wouldn't it of made more sense to have points given in the 1 and 2 point style? Can someone could explain why ...
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How do I value a player based on his statistics for fantasy basketball?

For fantasy basketball I want to quantify a player's output based on his Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, 3s, and Blocks production. Let's say that over the course of a season there are total of ...
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How do European players get drafted into the NBA?

As someone who knows more about European/FIBA basketball, but very little about how the NBA works, I was wondering how players currently playing for European teams (e.g. in Spain/Greece/eastern ...
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Basketball throw-in - deflected inbound pass

Player A inbounds the ball but Player B knocks the ball back at him. Player A is still out-of-bounds when the batted ball hits him. Is it Team A's ball because Player A never became a "live" player? ...
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Is the hand a part of the ball?

Can you hit the hand, if it's on the ball? I need proof that it shows that if you hit the hand, it isn't a foul.
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0:0 score in basketball

0:0 is quite common score in football (soccer), it's also happens in hockey. Is it possible in basketball? In other words does it ever happen in official game? If not what was the closest result?
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Basketball teams and positions? [closed]

I'm going into high school after the summer, and I have some questions about basketball. Believe it or not, I've never played for a team before this, and I want to join in high school. I have some ...
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What do refs do during halftime?

This question largely pertains to basketball and football (American - NFL). I've seen footage from the team locker rooms during halftime where the coaches and players go over issues from the first ...
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What is the motivation behind using the 2-3-2 (vs. 2-2-1-1-1) series format for the NBA Finals?

Each conference round in the NBA playoffs is a best-of-seven series played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format...or the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7 while their opponent hosts games 3, ...
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3-step shot in basketball [closed]

After the last bounce, followed by two further steps, then a shot to hoop before the end of the third step. Is this action or the whole process called 3-step shot?
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Holding the ball up with two hands

I will like to know if it is a foul to take the ball from a player who picks the ball from a rebound and holds it up with two hands? Can the ball be taken from his hands even if they are held high up ...
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Basketball Throw In

When is the ball technically in play? In other words, can the defensive team 'steal' the ball from the inbounding players hands? A ref allowed this to open stating the ball was over the baseline and ...
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What happens if a basketball stops on the rim as time expires?

In Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Allen's layup attempt stopped on the back of the rim: ...
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What are the differences between the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award?

College basketball has two primary "player of the year" awards: the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award. The Wooden Award is "presented annually to the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the ...
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How many people can “cut down the net”?

It's traditional for winning college basketball teams to "cut down the net" when they reach the Final Four. But just how many people (players, coaches, staff) are allowed to cut down the next? I.e. ...
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too many players on the court

During this past season, my coach subbed in a player from the bench and that player did a poor job of communicating who was to be subbed out. This resulted in our team having six players on the court ...
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What is dribbling?

What does it mean dribbling the ball. I've always thought, you need to perform one dribble to every step you make and also you cannot have both feet above the ground at the same time. But I've seen ...
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Should a point guard consider who is he passing to?

In basketball, should a point guard distinguish who is he passing to? I mean, when I play point guard, I'm always trying to pass to any of my teammate that is open (so that everyone gets involved and ...
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What are the differences between indoor, outdoor, and indoor/outdoor basketballs?

At times, when I play basketball, I notice some basektballs are labeled as "indoor", "outdoor", or "indoor/outdoor". What are the differences between indoor, outdoor, and indoor/outdoor basketballs? ...
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Los Angeles Lakers info? [closed]

When did the Lakers come into existence? when did they win their first championship and when did they become the lakers?
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Salary Cap and Bird's Rights

Let's say a team that is over the luxury tax trades away a player for whom they had Bird's Rights. They receive a player on a 1-year contract worth $7 million. This new player did not have Bird's ...
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How to make 100 free throws in a row

One day during shooting I thought about how many consecutive free throws I could make. It ended in a bet (mainly with myself) that I could do 100 in a row by the end of the season. Working on that ...
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What are the differences between the Power Forward and Center positions?

What are the differences between the Power Forward (PF) and Center (C) positions? Several PF/C players, such as Tim Duncan, have been considered a power forward and/or a center. Based on the ...