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  1. commontongue
    commontongue
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    Posted 08/28/2012 9:53 AM

    Basketball is a team sport, the objective being to shoot a ball through a basket horizontally positioned to score points while following a set of rules. Usually, two teams of five players play on a marked rectangular court with a basket at each width end. Basketball is one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports.[1]

    A regulation basketball hoop consists of a rim 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores two points for the shooting team if a player is touching or closer to the basket than the three-point line, and three points (known commonly as a 3 pointer or three) if the player is behind the three-point line. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) may be issued when the game ends with a draw.


    1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
    2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands.
    3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.
    4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.
    5. No shouldering, holding, striking, pushing, or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul; the second shall disqualify him until the next basket is made or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game. No substitution shall be allowed.
    6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of rules three and four and such described in rule five.
    7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul).
    8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there (without falling), providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.
    9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play and played by the first person touching it. In case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.
    10. The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify people according to Rule 5.
    11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the baskets, with any other duties that are usually performed by a scorekeeper.
    12. The time shall be two 24-minute halves.
    13. The side making the most points in that time is declared the winner.

    Just in case some people forgot.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
    commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 08/28/2012 9:55 AM

    We've come a long way.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. FoulWeatherFan
    FoulWeatherFan
    Posts: 126

    Posted 08/28/2012 10:29 AM

    I forget what year they established that a player may pass to himself which evolved into dribbling.
    I am a fan of close games.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/28/2012 11:02 AM

    Me either, but i bet it was in 18 hundred something. hahahaha
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/28/2012 11:03 PM

    Don't forget, if you wear a Laker uniform, you are allowed to throw cheap shots and flagrant fouls with minimal penalty from the league. It's an important part of modern NBA basketball. 
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. FoulWeatherFan
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    Posts: 126

    Posted 08/29/2012 1:00 AM

    Posted By Tobyus Sanchezo on 08/28/2012 11:03 PM
    Don't forget, if you wear a Laker uniform, you are allowed to throw cheap shots and flagrant fouls with minimal penalty from the league. It's an important part of modern NBA basketball. 

    Don't forget that they get every generation's greatest center after a small market team is finished grooming him.
    I am a fan of close games.
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