Questions tagged [basketball]

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

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Is it legal to throw an alley-oop to yourself in a real game?

In this video, a college basketball player steals the ball, races down court, and avoids the defender by throwing a pass to himself off the backboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...
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Is it legal to dribble above shoulder height?

I heard that while dribbling the ball, if the ball rises above shoulder level then it is a turnover. I don't have any idea about this rule.
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What are reaching fouls in the NBA?

When a player tries to steal the ball from a dribbling player, the referees sometimes award a "reaching foul". I just can't see any difference between a steal and a foul
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Why has Steve Nash moved to the LA Lakers in sign-and-trade deal?

Congratulations to Steve Nash on his move to Lakers via a sign and trade! His contract with the Suns has expired so I don't understand why he moved in a sign-and-trade deal. Why resign and move in ...
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What does the 'B' (or bonus) mean on a basketball scoreboard?

I was looking at pictures of scoreboards today, and I noticed that some of them have 'B's on the boards: The same thing appears on NBA games, often in the broadcast scoreboard as well: I've never ...
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How do you 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 ...
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Where can I find the points per game throughout many NBA seasons?

Where can I find the points per game (of both teams) throughout many NBA seasons? To illustrate my point, what I mean is something like: 2000/01 average points per NBA game: 200; 2001/02 average ...
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If the basketball goes through bottom of rim and re-enters, is it a basket?

Several years ago I was playing in an adult basketball league and a player took a bad shot that entered through the bottom of the hoop, hit the backboard and re-entered the hoop. The referee counted ...
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What happens if the ball is bounced into the basket?

What happens when I bounce-pass the ball into the basket, like in a circus shot? Does this count as a successful basket?
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Basketball drills for youth

I was asked to run two stations (two full-courts) of basketball with two groups per station for a youth camp. The ages of the youth are between 10-13. I will be dealing with approximately 15-30 kids. ...
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Are referees biased toward the home team?

Inspired by this question but hopefully different enough to warrant a different question. I often hear fans complaining that the "home team always gets the calls", which means that more fouls are ...
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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 it'...
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Has a team ever lost on purpose to get better draft picks?

As much as I am into sports, I really have no knowledge about basketball, perhaps due to the low-profile of the sport in the UK. However, today I've been reading up a little on the subject and have a ...
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Is taking a step before dribbling the ball a travel?

I've recently started playing basketball and was wondering about some of the comments made about this (pretty cool) NBA commercial featuring LeBron James. It looks like he takes 1 step after receiving ...
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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: youtube This is ruled a jump ball. ...
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What is a protected pick?

In a trade, one NBA team can give to the other a protected pick (I heard of this concept reading about the alleged details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from Sacramento Kings to New Orleans Pelicans). ...
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Is shouting a foul in basketball?

On the afternoon of 31 July 2016, I was playing basketball with my friends. A guy who was defending me shouted when I was shooting. I was frightened, so I missed the shot. My question: Is shouting ...
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What do composite basketballs offer over leather basketballs?

What do composite basketballs offer over leather basketballs? I notice the designs are slightly different, and composite basketballs would not have to be broken in and can maintain itself better than ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA basketball championship with two different teams?

Are there any players who have won an NCAA basketball championship while playing for two different teams?
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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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NBA traveling - conflicting rules

I was watching this NBA Video Rulebook video. In it, 23 White gathers the ball after ending his dribble, establishing his left foot as his pivot foot. He then steps right-left, and the referee calls a ...
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Traveling when catching the ball in motion of a layup?

When in full sprint towards your goal, you receive the ball, take a step and a half without dribbling in order to make a layup, is this traveling. You see this all the time in the college and NBA. ...
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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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What happens when a player is fouled hard while they are going for an and one?

Let's say Player A goes up for a layup and gets fouled while he's driving. Now, once the foul has been called Defender B goes up to Player A and fouls him again (hard, so no mistake that it's a foul)...
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NBA Continuation Rule

If a player is fouled on a drive to the basket and continuation is granted but then commits a charging foul while continuing his drive, what is the call?
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Smacking the ball down without hitting the opponent's hand when they hold the ball with two hands [duplicate]

When my opponent holds the ball with two hands can I smack the ball down without hitting the hand?