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Why are baseball scouts “required” to visit a player instead of using a private “Youtube” video?

I have always found odd here in the Dominican Republic that teams spend huge amounts of money sending scouts to foreign land, based pretty much exclusively on word of mouth, whereas teams could have ...
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Why win the jump ball?

In basketball, why win the opening jump ball if there's no advantage (possession will be rotated afterwards).
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How does one fill out a bracket?

How do you fill out a bracket? I am not asking how one chooses particular teams. I have never done a bracket before in my life. I have figured out that the two teams connected by a line means they ...
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Do basketball referees sometimes try to save players from fouling out?

While watching American college basketball games or NBA games, I'll often see players drive to the basket and get fouled. When this happens in the second half of a game, I frequently hear the ...
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Rebounding your own miss when the ball only hits the backboard [duplicate]

is it legal to dribble the ball after rebounding your own miss when the ball only hit the backboard?
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What does the “bonus” tag over the score in NBA games means? [duplicate]

Sometimes, while watching a NBA game, I see a "bonus" tag text over the telecast scoreboard. What does it means? Which rule or set of rules influence this?
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Is it legal to dribble the ball above your shoulder? [duplicate]

I am having confusion in whether you can dribble the ball above your shoulder or not.
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Free throw rules

Scenario: High School Girls basketball game. Foul happens, 10th foul for the team that fouled. Double bonus for other team. First shot is missed. Shooting team rebounds shoots and makes the basket. ...
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Has there ever been an NBA team with alternating starting units?

For instance, play group A, then play group B for second game in a back to back.
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Why don't basketballers take more long shots?

Lately, I ran into a discussion about how basketballers barely take long shots and are often looking to break through for dunking. I'm from the Netherlands, and there is this sport called "korfball" ...
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Free throw substitutions

What is the reasoning behind the rule that during multiple free throws for personal fouls, a substitute may enter the game only before the final attempt?
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Is the ball out of bounds when hitting the referee?

In basketball, if the ball goes through the hands of a player and hits the referee (who is out of bounds) and comes back in the court, is it a live ball, or out on last player to touch the ball?
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What if the 3-pt line was not introduced?

How would the succeeding players following the implementation of the 3 pt. line be successful if that area didn't exist?
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The New York Knicks Bobblehead in 1920

One of the first bobbleheads was supposedly made in 1920 by the New York Knicks. However, the New York Knicks came into existence in 1946. This obviously presents a discrepancy. Can someone please ...
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Have 2 NCAA basketball teams ever played each other 5 times in a season?

Two NCAA basketball teams from the same conference could play each other 5 times in one season. This would happen if: They played each other in an early season tournament. (You can see this year's ...
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College basketball player, declares for the NBA draft, does not get a contract

If a player is going to school on basketball scholarship and declares the NBA draft and does not get a contract can he still use the scholarship to finish school?
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Can you make a free throw off the backboard?

I understand there would be no advantage to do so but was just wondering if it's allowed. Also has it ever happened?
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When can you lift your pivot foot and go for a shot?

I was called for a travel in just a pick up game a couple months ago. I was also reading on Wikipedia information about the travel rule about the situation and it seems that there are conflicting ...
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Can you hop on 1 leg twice when you have gathered the ball in basketball?

If you have the ball gathered on 1 foot, i know you can jump and land on both feet at the same time and that is a valid play.(Jump Stop) What happens if you gather the ball on 1 foot, then jump off ...
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What offense fits 1 star youth basketball team?

I coach 7th & 8th grade basketball. My focus is always on playing the right way and building fundamentals. That being said I still like to put my players in position to win. I have 1 Star ...
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Why do basketball players wipe their hands on their shoes?

I see them do this all the time during basketball games, for some weird reason. It seems so unsanitary, considering they're running all over the place and wiping their hands there. I thought maybe ...
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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 (in the first round) went up to the 7th game. Considering that there are 15 series 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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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 have made more sense to have points given in the 1 and 2 point style? Can someone explain why and ...
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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 ...