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Questions about the sport of basketball in general. For the American professional basketball league, see [nba].

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What is the best basketball ball material to use in concrete/cement court?

I've been reading about the materials of basketball but since there's different types of outdoor courts I decided to ask because I want to use it on a court like this: Example court So, as you can ...
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Can a player shout falsely the remaining time of the shooting clock?

I was at a game, where 10 seconds were remaining, player A had the ball and player B of the opposite team started yelling the countdown (3,2,1...). Player A shot from half court over the board and the ...
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What is the definition for second chance points in the NBA?

I have been reading this, but the details still feel unclear. https://www.sportingcharts.com/dictionary/nba/second-chance-points.aspx Short question: Will any shooting miss activate the possibility ...
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Most number of game 7s played in a single playoffs

In 2003, the NBA playoffs format was changed to have every single round played to a best-of-7 series, a format that is still used in today's NBA. From the 2003 Playoffs up to 2018, which season had ...
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Basketball “climbing” foul

If an attacking player sees a defender slip for example and fall to one knee. Can the offensive player use the defenders knee as a platform to jump, like running up n jumping off the defender? Or a ...
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Why do NBA players avoid touching the ball after a made basket?

I notice this a lot in the NBA, where after a team scores a field goal, the players of that team that are positioned near or directly under the basket for an offensive rebound avoid touching the ball. ...
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Has a team ever had five all-stars from the previous season on its roster?

Since they signed Boogie Cousins, the Golden State Warriors will have five all-stars from the previous season on their roster. Has this happened before? If not, has a team ever had 5 all-stars on ...
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Tampering with players

When a team executive apparently influences a player from another team to join them without prior knowledge or permission to that player's current team, it's considered tampering, and teams have been ...
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Taking two steps and shooting the ball after being passed the ball without dribbling, is this condered a travel?

I was wondering, because I was playing basketball. They called a travel when I had been passed the ball and took two steps, then shot the basketball.
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What makes a defensive foul in basketball

I am trying to understand what a defensive foul is. What is the defender allowed to do? Can they not block the offensive players path with their body? Looking at these videos it seems that the only ...
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NBA mandatory timeout rules

From the NBA rule book, on pg. 22, there are the rules for mandatory timeouts, which state: If neither team has taken a timeout prior to 6:59 of the period, it shall be mandatory for the Official ...
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Size of basketball used by 7th/8th grade boys per state

I can't find a resource to answer this question. Looking for the size of the basketball used by boys in the 7th/8th grade by state. 28.5 Ohio 29.5 Kentucky West Virginia Indiana Michigan
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2017 cba question on NBA Pension [duplicate]

According to the newest (2017) nba cba: What is considered a 'credited season' toward the 3 seasons required as qualification to be included in the nba Pension Plan. ?
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What is the record for most consecutive shots made to start NBA finals?

Shaun Livingston of the Golden State Warriors started the 2017 - 2018 NBA finals with 11 straight field goals. His first miss came in the first half of the third game of the finals against the ...
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Best scoring performances in an NBA finals loss

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 51 points in a losing effort against the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of 2017 - 2018 NBA finals. That made James the 6th player ever to score 50+ ...
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Most consecutive NBA finals appearances by a player

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the 2017 - 2018 NBA finals. This is LeBron James' 8th consecutive trip to the finals, from 2011 to 2014 with the Miami Heats, and 2015 to 2018 with the Cleveland ...
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How many times both conference finals series made it to game 7 in NBA history?

In the 2017 - 2018 playoffs, both the Eastern and the Western Conference finals have made it to game 7. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are playing in the eastern conference, meanwhile the ...
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NBA 7 game playoff series where every game was won by the home team?

I'm looking for a list of all 7 game playoff series in the NBA history where the home team won every game. So far I know: 2017-2018 First Round: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks (4-3) 2016-2017 ...
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Can you ever touch the ball with two hands between bounces while dribbling?

Look at this video at 6:42. NBA rules today state that this is not legal. Is this legal under NFHS/NCAA rules? He tosses the ball behind his back with his right hand and then continues his dribble ...
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Why did NBA coach of the year Dwane Casey get fired?

On Friday, May 11th, the Toronto Raptors fired their head coach of seven years, Dwane Casey after getting swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The decision came ...
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How many times in the NBA history was the Coach of the year fired?

The Toronto Raptors fired their head coach Dwane Casey on 11 May 2018 after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round playoffs of 2017-2018 season. This happened only days after Dwane ...
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Playing after buzzer beater with almost no time left

In LeBron James's buzzer beater against the Raptors the ball passes through the net with 0.3 seconds left. There are buzzer beaters with plays starting with 0.3s left, such as this one. I thought the ...
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Winning a playoff game without ever leading in regulation in the NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors in overtime of opening game of the second round series of 2017-2018 season playoffs. The Cavs won the game despite never leading in regulation time, ...
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Team scoring more total points but lost the series

During the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Indiana Pacers scored 704 total points while their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored 664 total points. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers ...
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Why is music played during NBA games?

Music is often played at sports events. In North America, music is regularly played in MLB, NHL, and NBA games. However, only in basketball games music is played while the game is in live action. In ...
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What percentage of NBA games had at least 2 guards from the same team post at least 10 rebounds each?

Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz had 11 rebounds each during Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rubio and Mitchell are guards (Rubio ...
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Are the NBA teams globally better in East or West conference?

I am new to NBA and I would like to know if teams in Western Conference are globally better than those in Eastern Conference or if it is the opposite ?
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Blocked shot on a foul by another player

In the NBA, if PlayerA fouls ShooterA on a shot attempt and PlayerB cleanly blocks the shot (no foul called on PlayerB), does the block count in the stat sheet? If the answer is no, is there a stat ...
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Why doesn't college men's basketball play in quarters?

After watching the NIT this year where they went to quarters it got me wondering why is college played in halves and not quarters. The NBA and High School both play in quarters it seems non-sensical ...
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In basketball, why is it easier to make a layup by banking it off the backboard?

In all levels of basketball, nearly all layups are made by banking the ball off the backboard. Is there a simple explanation for why this is more common than a short shot directly through the rim? ...
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ATS in basketball betting

I've recently started looking into basketball betting and I keep coming up terms like ATS and spread, I know about handicap betting in football but I tried reading it a couple of times and it still ...
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Is there a formula to find how many games a team will play in a competition? [closed]

Suppose I am setting up a basketball league or tournament, or following one. Is there a formula to determine the number of games each individual team will play in a regular season? How does this work ...
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What is the maximum number of players in basketball?

One of the questions during my competitive exam was: According to the fundamental rules of basketball, at any time, a maximum of (i).... players from both teams, and a maximum of (ii)... players ...
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In NBA, why praising an opponent's player an offense?

Lakers fined $50k after Johnson praises Antetokounmpo Johnson was quoted as saying. “In his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where ...
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Too many players on the basketball court

After making substitutions, we accidentally had 6 players on the court (5th grade girls). I called a timeout when I saw it (after maybe 5 seconds elapsed), and was granted the timeout. The refs did ...
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What's the point of winning the opening tip off in basketball?

In basketball, if you get the ball during the opening tip off, the other team gets the ball at the start of the 2nd and 3rd quarter and you only get the ball at the start of the 4th quarter. So there ...
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How can one team “own” another team's first-round pick?

For instance, the byline to this Bleacher Report article reads "The Cleveland Cavaliers own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft." How can one team own another team's first-round ...
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Who's signature or autograph is this? [closed]

Can someone please tell me who's signature or autograph this is? Or if this was an actual nba player or anything. I have no idea who this could be or if its anyone special. Please help...
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FIBA Shot Clock reset on throw-in touching ring

I was going over a sample Q&A for a next level refs exam coming up. An answer stated the shot clock is reset to 14 secs after touching the ring. It cited Art 29. Which has this rule. Article ...
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Average length of uninterrupted play in basketball

I am wondering, if there are any statistics about the average time a basketball game is "live", that means there is no whistle by the referee (dead ball) and no chance for the players to rest (even ...
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Was Lilliard's shot in 2014 Game 6 against the Rockets released in time?

In the game 6 of 2014 playoff series between the Trail Blazers and the Rockets, Damian Lilliard took an inbounds pass with 0.9s remaining and took what turned out to be the game-winning shot. Was his ...
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Why isn't there an advantage rule for fouls in basketball (similar to soccer)?

Consider a scenario where team A is ahead of team B with a score of 101-100 with ball possession and 15 seconds remaining in the game. Now team B can commit fouls intentionally to come back into the ...
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Scores of men's vs. women's teams

In some sports, two teams compete against each other for a set amount of time (e.g. soccer, basketball) or another fixed quantity (like baseball). In those sports, do men's teams score more points on ...
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Can you block a shot through the basket in basketball?

If you block a ball from traveling all the way through the basket, by knocking it back through the hoop from the basket area, do you block the opponents team from scoring?
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Which of these sports requires a definite winner and loser?

From what I can see, the following sports require that there has to be a winner/loser (draws aren't possible due to some continuation rule that leads to a winning result): Basketball Baseball ...
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Why did Magic Johnson throw the ball out of bounds after getting the rebound?

I watched the following YouTube video titled "NBA Top 15 Smartest Plays Ever", but I don't understand what happened in the last one. Magic Johnson appears to get the rebound then throws the ball out ...
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Is there a way to get scholarship to play basketball in USA if someone is from Europe?

My brother is 16 years old and he would love to keep playing basketball after high school. Is there a way to get a scholarship to an American college to play basketball or getting into an American ...
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FIBA 2017 new traveling rule: Pass No Dribble Lay Up Legal Action

Under FIBA 2017 new rules, the action in this video is described as a legal action. The FIBA rules, art. 25.2.1, says If receiving the ball the player shall release the ball to start his dribble ...
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Can I bounce the ball over someone and resume dribbling it below my shoulder in basketball?

Is it allowed to hit the basketball towards the ground in a way that it bounces up and over the defender so that I race past the defender and when the ball hits the ground I resume dribbling under my ...
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How to tell the coach that I don't want to play varsity?

So this is how my high school basketball team system works: There are two teams, frosh-soph and varsity. Varsity is mainly for juniors and seniors, but every year, a few good sophomores get bumped up ...