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Why do basketball players wipe their hands on their shoes?

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 ...
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Are the NBA champions called World champions? Why is that?

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 ...
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Was Kobe Bryant's 60 points in his last game comparable to his performance during his career?

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 ...
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Is it legal to dribble above shoulder height?

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 ...
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Whose record did the Chicago Bulls team of 1995-96 break?

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 ...
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Blocking three pointers in basketball

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 ...
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Why do basketball players wipe their hands on their shoes?

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 ...
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What is a protected pick?

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 ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA basketball championship with two different teams?

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 ...
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Basketball-who gets the point?

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 ...
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Dealing with "cheap" opponents

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 ...
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Why are assists in basketball called "dimes"?

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 ...
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Is the hand a part of the ball?

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 ...
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What is this (basketball) statistic called?

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 ...
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What happens if an NBA team is reduced to less than five players by fouling out?

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 ...
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Where can I find the points per game throughout many NBA seasons?

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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What is the average height in the NBA?

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 ...
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Shooting at the wrong hoop beyond the three point line

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 ...
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Why did Magic Johnson throw the ball out of bounds after getting the rebound?

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 ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

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 ...
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Ethics/commonality of sports teams scoring more points at end of a game they are clearly winning

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 ...
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Why do top NBA stars from USA skip the Olympics?

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, ...
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Why are the teams in NBA's Western Conference outperforming those in the Eastern Conference?

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-...
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Basketball shooting percentages while practicing

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 ...
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Dealing with "cheap" opponents

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 ...
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Why do the Golden State Warriors call themselves dubnation?

Dub = short for W W = Warriors Different way of saying Warriornation.
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What is a team basket in basketball?

Huh, this is a tricky one to actually try to look up due to the terms used. I can't find an instance of the term in the NBA or NCAA rules. However, I'm nearly positive a "team basket" is usually noted ...
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