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Rule 5, Section I-a of the NBA Official Rule Book states that, A legal field goal or free throw attempt shall be scored when a live ball from the playing area enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through the net. The ball just has to pass the hoop and not necessaily through the net. If the ball gets stuck in the net or breaks off the ...


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When we are talking about professional basketball this result isn't realistic. NBA: On November 22, 1950, the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. This was prior to shot clock being added in 1954/55. The lowest scoring NBA game since adding the shot-clock was in 1955, when Boston won Milwaukee ...


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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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There is a rule about this. From Wikipedia: American basketball leagues at all levels traditionally use single and double digits between 0 and 5 (i.e. 0, 00, 1–5, 10–15, 20–25, 30–35, 40–45, and 50–55). The NCAA and most amateur competitions mandate that only these numbers be used. This eases non-verbal communication between referees, who use fingers to ...


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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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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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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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Only 3 players have accomplished winning all three NBA MVP awards in the same season: Michael Jordan (twice) of the Chicago Bulls - 1995-1996 and 1997-1998 Willis Reed of the New York Knicks - 1969-1970 Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers - 1999-2000 Sources (1) (2) (3)


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I can give some advice as to what I did to improve my free throws and how that may help in your quest for 100 consecutive. Just to give you a measure, I left high school shooting 27% from the free throw line. Yes, you read correctly, 27%. I'm 6'5" and played center while in high school. After being recruited, my future college coach told me that if I ...


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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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Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011. "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world."


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The lottery system makes it very difficult to effectively tank your season in the NBA. Basically no matter how bad you are, there is always a chance that you will not get one of the top 3 picks (in fact, the worst team in the league has rarely been awarded the top draft pick). Here are the odds that the worst team in the NBA gets a pick at or better than ...


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Typically a sign and trade is a maneuver that is used by teams and players to allow a player to make more money than he would have otherwise been able to make by just signing a contract with his new team. NBA teams (particularly the ones like the Heat and Lakers that have several max contracts), live on the edge or even past the salary cap, so there are ...


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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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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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There is no rule I can find in the rules of basketball that says a player must remain shod (shoed?) during play of the game while the ball is live. Therefore, a player who loses a shoe must stay on the court until the next stoppage (timeout or foul call, usually). They are not allowed to leave the court to put the shoe back on (that's a technical foul for ...


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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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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 cost (Philadelphia and environs, most commonly attributed), which described "assisting" the police in an ...


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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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