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In basketball, when the ball hits the bottom of the net, wraps around and goes in the right way,. Does it count? Or violation?

If it hits the bottom of the net and the ball gets caught up and rolls around and goes in down through the rim the correct way, is this a counted basket. To clarify, the ball never goes through the ...
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Why do college basketball teams often take a timeout just before half time?

Something I can’t grasp my mind around is why college basketball coaches spend a timeout right before the end of the first half. It just doesn’t make sense to me. There are a finite numbers of ...
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Is it a technical foul to throw the basketball underhand against the wall in disgust with yourself

In my basketball game today, I had a very light foul called against me and out of disappointment with myself I underhand threw the ball and it hit the wall. The throw was kind of more of a toss, or ...
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What is the incentive for the in-season tournament?

The NBA commenced an in-season tournament in 2023. The winner of this in-season tournament receives the NBA Cup. I've seen the financial incentive - a prize pool that increases the better a team ...
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Examples of athletes not using possibly better but unpopular technique for fear of being ridiculed

It is often claimed that many basketball players would be more successful shooting free-throws underhanded but choose not to do so for fear of being made fun of. (A famous example of this is Wilt ...
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How many different MVP awards are there in the NBA?

I know there is the regular season MVP. The All-Star game MVP. The NBA Finals MVP. Is there a 4th MVP awarded by the league?
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Where to find advanced stats like PER and Win Shares for Division 1 College Basketball players in the NCAA?

Is there any comprehensive centralised online resource where I can find advanced stats/metrics for free or at least relatively inexpensive? At a minimum I would like to start with Player Efficiency ...
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Body in basketball

We know that in basketball you can only use the hands to play the ball, but what if a player unintentionally touches the ball with his torso and then he catches the ball on fly? same situation but a ...
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What makes Victor Wembanyama good

On his Wikipedia (curent revision) it says he is in LIGA fn but looking at his stats it's .348 fg % and 6.5 ppg. What makes him good because those stats looks really bad especially for a league that'...
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What is ethical scoring?

JJ Redick called Devin Booker an ethical scorer. What does this mean? https://twitter.com/scooperhoops/status/1654707471934537729 https://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/139cd24/...
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NBA traveling and what steps count towards it

In this video I’m confused on the steps that count towards a travel. It seems like the step counter is wrong in a lot of them. At 1 minute into the video, how many steps does Noah really take? It ...
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How many healthy scratch players are allowed in 3x3 basketball?

I'm interested in organizing a 3x3 basketball tournament at my school or summer camp, but I find the rules for players incomplete: there are 4 players on the roster, eligible for playing (3 on court, ...
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Has anyone ever followed up their own missed free throw with a dunk?

This video shows six instances of Michael Jordan following up a teammate's missed free throw with a dunk before he lands on the ground. Has any player ever followed up their own missed free throw with ...
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FIBA rule: 0-1-2 layup footwork?

I have a footwork question about new FIBA rule on the layup. Regarding the new rule, the step during picking up the ball is called "Step 0", after that one can still use two more steps (at ...
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Why can free throws be worth 2 or 3 points in the G League?

When I am watching NBA G. League games, it is very surprising that they give only one free throw in a situation where two or three free throws should have been given. Instead, each throw was ...
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What causes free throw percentage degredation?

I'm curious about Russell Westbrook who was an 84.5% free throw shooter with high volume in 2016 only to be sub 70% since with no prior history of such performance. Is there anything that can be ...
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Is this a steal or a block and rebound?

This was recorded as a steal. I'm wondering how this can be justified. It looks like McDaniels tries to tip it in. If that's the case, then how can it be ruled a steal? Here is the clip.
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When an athlete gets drafted but college degrees aren't finished, what do they do?

Say for example an NBA player gets drafted at the end of his sophomore year and his two years away from receiving his bachelors degree, how does he finish his bachelor's? Does he go to school during ...
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High jumping tactile target or bell

I have a kid that plays basketball and he's always running around the house jumping to see what he can reach and to improve his jump height. Does a "thing" exist that has targets that he can ...
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Why was Josh Primo waived?

Josh Primo was waived by the San Antonio Spurs on 2022-10-28. He was a high draft pick and by many accounts and up and coming player. Why waive him? I'm sure the the Spurs could have got draft picks ...
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What is the age minimum to play in the National Basketball Association, (NBA)?

I was wondering if you needed to be of a certain age to play professional basketball. Do you need a college degree? Or can you play straight from high school?
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Dealing with help defense

I like to drive to the basket from the wing into the paint. I usually don't have trouble getting past the person guarding me. However, I am troubled by the help defense. Usually, a wing defender at ...
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6 players on the court during free throw

A team had six players on the court during the first of two free throws. The extra player was removed before the second free throw attempt. Is this a technical violation or was the time during the ...
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What is 'cash considerations'?

I've seen quite a few trades in the NBA go by as 'Player X for cash considerations'. But what is, actually, cash considerations? Is there any obligations to the team that gave 'cash considerations' or ...
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What does an NBA team gain from winning the championship?

What does an NBA team gain from winning the championship? Is the team worth more, or do they get more revenue specifically for the owners?
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Is there a name for a basketball screen on the baseline for a shooter running away from the basket?

In basketball, if you have a screen angled towards the baseline, with the shooter using the screen running up from the baseline, you call that a "pindown". If you have a screen around the ...
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What NBA rules cover Draymond Green's free throw settling on the rim?

In the Golden State vs Dallas game on May 24, 2022 Draymond Green shot a free throw which settled on the back of the rim and never dropped off. What did the referees decide, and what NBA rules cover ...
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In basketball, is one allowed to purposefully get the ball out-of-bounds off an opponent?

Imagine the scenario of "accidentally" dribbling the ball into an opponent's foot, and the ball gets kicked out of bounds. Or, in an even more extreme case, "passing" (or throwing) ...
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Why is "kicked ball" a violation in basketball?

This may be opinion-based, but can anybody explain why "kicked ball", i.e. striking the ball with any part of the leg, is a violation in basketball? I've always thought it seemed like a fair ...
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In the NBA, if your shot gets blocked, does it still reset the shot clock?

I'm just wondering about when specifically the shot clock gets reset, especially in cases where the shooter gets blocked (or packed, as known informally). Is all that matters that a shot was attempted?...
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During a basketball game, what rules prevent players from acting in distracting/heckling ways to throw off opponents?

During a freethrow, distracting the shooter is clearly disallowed according to the rules. But during the game, what is preventing players from trying to distract each other? For example, by screaming ...
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How is spectator interference handled in basketball?

I'm wondering how the NBA handles spectator interference. As an example, during a free throw, what if the audience screams "BRICK" as they shoot, or someone pulls down their pants behind the ...
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During a basketball freethrow, what happens if you try to distract the shooter?

During a freethrow shot in Basketball after a foul, players stand in front of the freethrow shooter. What happens if those players try messing with the freethrow shooter? Like yelling "BRICK"...
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Player of the year awards

Has any player won both the Naismith player of the year and defensive player of the year in the same season before 2021-22?
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Loose ball hitting a defense player that is already out of bounds

In basketball, a "loose ball", is deflected by an offensive player directly to a defensive player already out of bounds. Does the possession changes from offense to defense?
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Was Mike Dunleavy, Jr. (Duke) the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 NCAA Men's Basketball Torunament championship game?

A post on a college basketball Facebook page claims that Mike Dunleavy, Jr. (Duke) was the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 NCAA Men's Basketball Torunament championship game. I've scoured the ...
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Does Lebron James have a say in roster trades

There is a phrase call LeGM where Lebron is joked to trade you if you perform badly. Does Lebron James or other influential players have a say on who to trade for or who they want on their team?
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Why do basketball teams warmup and start on the opposite sides of the bench?

I have played basketball for a decent number of years now, and watched basketball for longer than that time. What I've noticed is that Basketball teams always warm up opposite of their bench, and ...
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What is the logo sports team of this D basketball name?

What is the name of the college sports team, which has this college basketball logo? I see RMAM are part of the logo text.
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Steps allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down?

Looking for clarification, in basketball how many steps are allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down? So in other words drag dribbles, floats, push cross, etc. According to the rules you ...
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How to watch all NBA games ESPN?

So I have the ESPN bundle, and I was able to watch the NBA Christmas games live without a problem. Now tonight, I am unable to do that. Does ESPN only livestream certain games for example on specific ...
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Offensive foul: why doesn't the basket count?

The FIBA Interpretations contain example 33-2: Example: A1 is in the air on the shot for a 3-point field goal. A1 extends his leg which contacts his defensive player B1. The interpretation is as ...
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Most wins by a second place team in NBA history

What's the most wins an NBA team finishing 2nd in wins/loss in a conference has achieved? This came to mind because the Dodgers recently set a record in the MLB for the most wins without winning a ...
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2021-22 ncaa mob teams with 0 transfer players on the roster

With the transfer portal what it is, how many ncaa men teams are playing this season with no transfer players on their roster?
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What to do if basketball shoes burns toes and creates water bubbles?

I've had these shoes for around 2 years now, and after wearing them frequently they constantly rubs against my pinky toes, making them raw and red. Additionally, they create many water bubbles on my ...
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A Strange Ending to a BasketBall Match

Last week, when I switched on a Sports TV Channel, there was a re-telecast of one old NBA Match, probably from 2019. It was at the Ending Stage and I could not make sense of what was going on. The ...
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Good drills to strengthen my non dominant hand in basketball

What are some good drills that I can do in basketball to strengthen my ball handling skills with my non dominant hand? Can someone help me please?
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Do the basketball "ribs" have a specific purpose?

I just wonder if the typical black ribs (small lines) have any specific purpose (like improving grip, aerodynamics or something related to dribbling) or they are just cosmetic detail (I guess ...
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Which NBA player has the most career shots?

Which NBA basketball player has attempted the most shots in their career, and how many of them did they make?
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Why is the hook shot used so little in the NBA?

Understandably, the NBA is centered around the 3 point shot so most players are not working in the paint. However, there are many big men out there who lack much offensive game other than dunking on a ...
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