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From being a player myself, I know that there are usually two main reasons why basketball players wipe their shoes. Most of the time, the players are trying to wipe the dust off their shoes and to put some of the moisture from their hands onto them, resulting in the shoes having a better grip (which usually results in quicker movements). When players are ...


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Like it or not, American sports has a history of calling the winner of each of its major professional sports each year "World Champions." This tradition goes back to the 1884 World Series. Besides the NBA and Major League Baseball, the NFL also calls their Super Bowl winning team "World Champions." It is a little bit of a joke, but also signifies that we ...


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I've got no particularly interest in what the game was, but dug into the stats a bit... a couple good ones that stand out from this SB Nation article: Kobe's 50 shots are the most in a game since record keeping officially started in 1983 [Wilt Chamberlain had more in his 100 point game] Bryant attempted 21 3 pointers on the night... the most in NBA history ...


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I searched the USA Basketball Website I did see an article titled "7 Basketball Rules Myths": In the article #2 explains A dribble that bounces above the dribbler's head is an illegal dribble violation. Reality: There is no restriction as to how high a player may bounce the ball, provided the ball does not come to rest in the player's hand....


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The point values were chosen to give the desired relative weight between a free throw (1 point), a field goal (2 points), and a three-point goal (3 points). Originally, when Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, goals were worth one point each. Three consecutive fouls by one team (without the opposing team committing a foul) gave the ...


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Chicago Bulls held the record for most wins in a single NBA season with 72 wins in the 1995-96 season, which has since been surpassed by the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors (with 73 wins). Prior to that, the record for most number of wins in a single NBA season was held by the Los Angeles Lakers team for the 1971-72 season with 69 wins. Conincidentally, the ...


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This is called goaltending and is prohibited. In basketball, if you block a shot after it's started descending, it is ruled to be goaltending and the basket is counted automatically. There are several other circumstances in which goal tending is called as well, but they are out of scope for this question.


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They do this to prevent their shoes from getting slippery. It is the same reason they mop the floors near the hoops. It is important that the players have a good grip on the floor, and if their shoes are damp they do not have enough traction. It reduces the risk of injury and helps them to play better.


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A protected pick is one which will be traded only if it is below a certain point in the draft order. For example, in the Cousins trade, the first round pick that the Pelicans are sending to the Kings is "top three protected" - i.e. if the Pelicans end up with any of the first, second or third pick in the draft, then they keep their 2017 pick and the process ...


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Yes, a bounce that goes into the basket would count as a successful goal. Anytime (except on a throw-in) a live ball goes through the basket, it is a goal, and it doesn't matter who, if anyone, threw the ball. From the NCAA Men's Basketball 2013-14 and 2014-15 Rules, Rule 5 (Scoring and Timing Regulations), Section 1, Article 2: Art. 2. A goal is made ...


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No player has ever won NCAA basketball championships with multiple teams. The player who came closest to achieving this is Bob Bender. He was on the undefeated 1976 Indiana team that won the national championship, and he was also on the 1978 Duke team that lost to Kentucky in the title game. Wikipedia says Bob Bender is the only college basketball player ...


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If the ball travels through your opponent's basket, your opponent gets the points. Rule 5, Section I, part D of the 2014-15 NBA Rule Book d. A field goal accidentally scored in an opponent’s basket shall be added to the opponent’s score, credited to the opposing player nearest the player whose actions caused the ball to enter the basket.


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Competitive sports will be like this. Learning to deal with cheap shots will just be another skill to pick up. Opponents pull cheap shots for two reasons: to create actual game play advantage and rattle you. In the sports I've played cheap shots meant to rattle the opposing player are often legal even if they are cheap. Referees are not there to make ...


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A shooting foul can only occur when trying to shoot at the basket which will increase your own team's score. Therefore, if you were somehow shooting at your own basket and got fouled, it would be the same as a normal non-shooting foul. You would not get free throws unless you were in the "bonus". If you actually made the basket, I think it would be waved ...


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There isn't really a verifiable source on this, unfortunately, without perhaps doing a ton of research of old television announcers. I've never seen that. What I have found so far, is that it likely dates back to urban slang, popular on the east coast (which is commonly attributed to Philadelphia and the nearby environment), which described "assisting&...


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Just a little further down in the same rule @posdef quotes, is this one: e. Contact which occurs on the hand of the offensive player, while that hand is in contact with the ball, is legal. This is significant enough to warrant its own exception in the rules. It also is called out as incidental contact explicitly in the first section of Contact ...


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The statistic you are discussing is Plus/Minus per minute, or per 48 minutes, as @MichaelMyers stated in the comments. It is also called Net Rating. This forms one component of one of the earliest advanced stats for the NBA, the Simple Rating (or Roland Rating, after Roland Beech, who developed it and has since worked for a number of NBA teams.) See the ...


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NBA Rule 3 Section 1. a. Each team shall consist of five players. No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed ...


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On basketball-reference.com you can find many stats on NBA matches. In the colum Points in the Game section you can find data you need (see the picture below and use x2 coefficient)


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Using the data at the NBA's great stats page, I put together: This indeed has a mean just over 6'7". Mode as indicated is 6'9". Median is 6'7". And a standard deviation of about 3.5" inches just for good statistical completeness (even looks loosely normal, which is a tad surprising). Would be nice to break down by position (or limit it to starters), but ...


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The FIBA rules have defined how points are awarded for an own goal. Article 16.2.2 If a player accidentally scores a field goal in his team’s basket, the goal counts 2 points and shall be recorded as having been scored by the captain of the opposing team on the playing court. NCAA Men's Basketball rules are a bit more detailed in this regard (emphasis mine)...


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The time remaining in the game was on the order of 3 seconds. By holding the ball in that position or trying to dribble, he risked a foul or a basket against. By quickly clearing to the far end, the time ran out before the opponent could take possession in a dangerous area, therefore winning the game for his own team.


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Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to win an extra game in a series seems monumental. Additionally, by pulling your starters you encourage the opponents to do so as well. By keeping your stars ...


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In professional sport, the rule is pretty much "score as many as you can". To take one recent example of this, Ajax beat VVV-Venlo 13-0 in the Erdedivise (top-level Dutch soccer league) on 24th October 2020, including scoring in the 87th minute. In soccer, there is a good strategic reason for this as goal difference is the primary tie-breaker, and ...


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Because in those players' views, the risks, most notably injury risks either from directly being injured in the Olympics or an increased injury risk the following season due to having less off-season, outweigh the benefits. I doubt it would seriously affect LeBron James's earnings power if he won the Olympics or not, his reputation is built on what he's done ...


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How did the current imbalance begin? It's hard to even define when it began, though this piece makes a strong effort, pointing at the late 1990s. Western teams have been successful in luring high-profile free agents like Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard away from the East. Now that it's in full swing, it is partially self-reinforcing through the draft. ...


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It depends where you are shooting from, your skills, and your technique. Below are my expectations for high school teams (boys) I have coached: layups unguarded - 100%. Within 5 feet of the basket unguarded - 90% Free throws 80% 3 pointers - 50% for those who should be practicing them I would expect a good college three point shooter to make 60-70% of ...


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You have a good text book answer that you already accepted. I will simply give you my take as a big - 6'3" 200lb point guard - that takes a ton of abuse especially when playing in lower income areas - top city leagues. You are going to get pulled, scratched, elbowed, pushed, whatever. By just "taking" these actions you are allowing the referee to just ...


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