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The game of basketball, including positions, basketball hoop sizes, and court sizes. Includes all levels of basketball.
What are the various positions in basketball?
Typically, there are five (5) main positions: two guards, two forwards, and a center. By rule, there is nothing that any one of these positions can do that the others cannot. But they all have traditional "roles" which they usually adhere to. They are listed below. However, note that many basketball coaches tend to simplify their offense by starting five players who are either wings or posts. Posts play around the basket, and usually get the ball when they're already in a position...
What are the rules of a basketball game?
There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball. The game is a contest between two teams that play against each other. The team objective is to shoot the ball into the metal hoop or basket. The hoop or goal is ten feet from the floor. A team has three positions. There is one center per team and plays...
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What are the rules of basketball?
There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball. The rules of basketball are plentiful, however the most common rules are not to travel with the ball, ie carry it without dribbling it, and not to be violent against other players. ...
How many players are on a basketball team?
In the NBA, there must be a minimum of 10 players on a team and a maximum of 15 players. Only 12 players can be active to play a game, and 10 players must be active with 5 starters and 5 reserves, or bench players. There are 5 from each team playing on the court at any one time. If a team does not have 5 players on the court, the team forfeits and the other team automatically wins. ...
When was the first NBA basketball game?
The first NBA basketball game was played on November 1, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies. The score was 96-78, with the Knickerbockers winning. ...
Why were the Air Jordan 1 shoes illegal in the NBA?
On October 18th, 1985, NBA commissioner David Stern banned the Air Jordan I sneaker from the NBA. He felt that they failed to meet on-court dress codes and did not match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls. Commissioner David Stern began fining Michael Jordan $5,000 every time he wore the Air Jordan I's on the court. Nike paid the fine and continued to have Michael wear the shoes. In doing so, the popularity of the product skyrocketed and sales were astronomical for...
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What materials are basketballs made of?
Nearly all basketballs have an inflatable inner rubber bladder inside, generally wrapped in layers of fiber and then covered with a tacky surface made either from leather (traditional), rubber, or a synthetic composite. As in most inflatable balls, there is a small needle valve opening to allow the pressure to be increased or decreased. Precise specifications no doubt vary slightly from league to league; NBA, WNBA, Olympic, International, Under 20 etc., etc. Best consult specific league websites for most current details. ...
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What makes basketball a unique sport?
Its unique because there are several ways you can score. For example, you can be rewarded 3 points for a 3 pointer, 1 point for a free throw, 2 points for a shot inside the 3 point line, or even 2 points from a dunk or layup. If you get fouled from 3 point range, you can make a 4 point play with a free throw [Larry Johnson]. The intensity and excitement makes this sport even unique, because there's no other...
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What does hand down man down mean in basketball?
It has nothing to do with dunking, mad hard or otherwise. The phrase comes from boxing, in which if you drop your defense (hands), you're going to be knocked out. In basketball, it translates as "if your hands are down while defending a shooter, he'll be able to shoot over you, and then you are the man down." ...
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Who are considered the greatest basketball players of all time?
The greatest NBA/ABA players of all time would include Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, Julius Erving, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell. Some current players (2000's and forward) include Lebron James, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose. If considering basketball players in general, college players would include J.J. Redick, Tyler Hansbrough, Lew Alcindor (who later changed his name to...
What is the sports lingo in basketball?
This is a fascinating question, because slang is always changing, and the "lingo" of any sport will also adapt, as rules change and playing styles change. Today, one of the most common expressions is "slam dunk"-- where the player jumps high and slams the ball into the basket. Fifty years ago, this play was not seen, so there was no expression for it. Basketball announcers use various slang expressions, and here are a few of them. To "drain a three" is to...
How long is a basketball game?
A basketball game (NBA) is technically only 48 minutes. However, with half-time, timeouts, fouls, and close games, a basketball game is actually around 2 1/2 hours. The game is divided into 4 quarters, each 12 minutes long. Should the score be tied at the end of the fourth quarter, the game will go into a 5 minute overtime period. Should the game be tied at the end of overtime, there will be a 5 minute second overtime, and so on. College basketball games...