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For the NCAA, it is scored as follows (from page 10 of the 2011 Official Basketball Statisticians’ Manual): A.R.15. Adams throws a pass to himself or herself off the backboard, and then shoots and makes the basket. Ruling: Credit Adams with a FGA and FGM, but no assist or rebound. For the NBA, according to this Q&A (from 2009) with Bernie Fryer (...


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Zone defense is not explicitly prohibited, but there is a defensive three-second penalty occurring when a defender is inside the lane without guarding an offensive player. From the NBA Rules: Section VIII-Defensive Three-Second Rule a. The count starts when the offensive team is in control of the ball in the front-court. b. Any defensive player, ...


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That's a bonus marker. A team who commits 7 fouls gives the other team a bonus - which gives a free throw with every foul from that point on. The second B on the second image indicate that a team has reached 10 fouls (in HS and college this is the double bonus and means that you shoot 2 foul shots from there forward instead of 1 and 1)


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Yes, high tops appear to help with ankle injuries. A study was done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information to determine if there was a difference in ankle rotation when wearing high tops compared to wearing low tops. In the study the participants stood on a platform on one foot and the platform would be released at a random time which would ...


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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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I came across many articles with summaries of studies that indicate that referee bias does in fact exist across many sports. In "Basketball: Bias Refs (full article)," the blurb states: The study found that the probability of a foul call being against a visiting team was seven percent higher than calls against the home team. They also noted when the ...


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I searched the NBA Rules and the FIBA Rules, but couldn't find anything that explicitly states you cannot dribble above your shoulder. My personal opinion is that it's not an infraction. When you see infractions called because someone dribbles high it's mainly because they "carry" the ball (putting your hand on the bottom hemisphere of the ball while ...


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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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1 and 1 means you're going to shoot a free throw and, if you make it, you're going to shoot another free throw. In terms of being "in 1 and 1" that means that if you get a non shooting foul, instead of the other team just getting the ball, they get to shoot a 1 and 1. If you get enough fouls you move out of 1 and 1 and they just start shooting 2 free throws ...


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AT&T Center hosts the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. While this event is happening the Spurs are forced to take an extended series of away games. This is informally known as the "Rodeo Road Trip."


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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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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'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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In the NCAA, the first possession of the second half goes to whoever has the possession arrow (rule 6-1.2 [pdf link]), not necessarily whoever lost the opening tip. If the opening tip goes out of bounds, the first possession (by whoever did not touch it last) establishes the alternating possession, and after that it works normally. If a tie-up occurs before ...


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There are two variants of the fingers over the eye salute. 1) Bullseye - popularized by Ben Gordon. This is a reference to darts and signifies that the shooter is very accurate. 2) Goosie - popularized by Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. The back story here is that Moon's follow through looks like a goose neck when he shoots a three.


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Ice Hockey 6 Softball (mostly played with 10 players with an extra outfielder) 10 Volleyball 6 for indoor 2 for sand Curling 4 Boblseigh = 2 or 4 Relay Racing - 4 Polo 4 I could go on but I trust you get the point.


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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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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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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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The reason for using polyester is, Provide support and ventilation. Absorbs water and transfers body perspiration away from the skin. Prevent sweat buildup. Although this material dries quickly, the sweat is expelled onto the outer layers of the garment and wind may cause the player to feel cold. It is best to wear in hot or humid conditions.


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It is legal to throw the ball off the backboard as a pass to yourself. The only time it is illegal is when attempting a free throw. While attempting a free throw the ball must hit the rim as well. For reference, see Section III - Dribble of NBA Rule 10.


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When I played basketball in high school, I found that what helped my ball handling skills the most was that feel you get from constant repetition and muscle memory. Knowing exactly how hard and at what angle to put the ball behind your back, between your legs, how much wrist to use while dribbling, etc. - they're all critical skills that help your ball ...


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You would think they wouldn't include a blatant violation, but they did. From the NBA Rules Section XIV: f. In starting a dribble after (1) receiving the ball while standing still, or (2) coming to a legal stop, the ball must be out of the player's hand before the pivot foot is raised off the floor. From listening to my friends who I would consider ...


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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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