The Full Wiki

More info on Portal:Basketball

Portal:Basketball: Wikis

Advertisements

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia portals: Culture · Geography · Health · History · Mathematics · Natural sciences · Philosophy · Religion · Society · Technology


Sports and games.png Sports   Nuvola apps kbackgammon engine.png Games   Wilsonnflfootball.png American football   Soccer ball.svg Association football   Baseball (crop).jpg Baseball   Basketball.png Basketball   NCAAFootball transparent.png College football   Chess.svg Chess   Cricketball.png Cricket   Pictgram bicycle man.svg Cycling   Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing   Golf ball.svg Golf   Gymnastics128px.png Gymnastics   Hockey puck 2.jpg Ice hockey   Auto Racing Chequered.svg Motorsport   Olympic Rings.svg Olympics   Ru ball.svg Rugby league   Ru ball.svg Rugby union   Snooker balls triangled.png Snooker   Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming   Tennisball2.png Tennis

Basketball portal

Basketball.png

Basketball is a competitive sport invented as a men's game in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, but now played on every inhabited continent and by women, most often contested by two teams, each comprising five participating players, for whom substitutions may be made. The team attempts to advance a spherical ball through a cast-iron basket with attached net and backboard, elevated such that the basket rim is–in most professional leagues–ten feet (3.048 meters) from the surface of the rectanguar basketball court, for indoor games usually made of hardwood and for outdoor games usually made of asphalt, on which the sport is played.

Offensively, a player advances the ball either by bouncing it himself while stationary or moving (dribbling) or by throwing it (passing) it to a teammate, such that a player, within the time permitted by a shot clock, eventually propels (shoots) the ball toward the basket; should the ball pass through the basket, one (free throw), two (field goal), or three (three-point field goal) points, depending on the distance from which the shot is taken, are awarded; the player, in most cases, to have tendered the ball to the scoring player is credited with an assist. Several strategies are employed by a team toward the end of generating uncontested shots for players, who most often begin a given play play in distinct areas—the center and power forward proximate to the basket (top of the key); the small forward and shooting guard proximate to the three-point arc; and the point guard passim. The team to have scored more points upon the expiration of the time alloted for the game, usually between 40 and 60 minutes and divided into four equal quarters or two equal halves, is the winner, and ties are most often settled during overtime periods.

A defense attempts to prevent an offensive team from scoring and to garner the ball for itself, employing various strategies to force an opposing player to surrender (turnover) the basketball, by dispossessing (steal) a player or successfully contesting his shot (block) or, upon an opponent's making an unsuccessful shot, overcoming an opponent to win the loose ball (rebound).

Certain disruptive contact, especially that by which an advantage is gained, is penalized (as a personal foul), as is unsportsmanlike conduct (as a technical foul), with disqualification often imposed on players who accumulate a pre-arranged number of fouls in one game. Certain means of ballhandling, such as one's running with the ball while not dribbling (travelling) or one's catching the ball between dribbles (double dribbling) are proscribed and, when committed by a given team, result in the awarding of possession to the opposing team.

Selected article

Portal:Basketball/Selected article/January, 2009

News

Selected picture

Portal:Basketball/Selected picture/January, 2009

Selected biography

Portal:Basketball/Selected biography/January, 2009

Things you can do

WikiProjects

Sports WikiProject — Sports and games biographies WikiProject
Basketball WikiProject — Olympics WikiProject
National Basketball Association WikiProject
Australian basketball WikiProject
College basketball WikiProject

Associated Wikimedia

What are portals? · List of portals · Featured portals
Advertisements

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message