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Zydrunas Ilgauskas[edit]

Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired not long after Yao Ming. The tallest player is now Hasheem Thabeet (talk) 21:59, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

What is the Main Part of Having Basketball[edit]

To be active and to find passion — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:50, 23 October 2011 (UTC)


what is a over and back in basketball? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:18, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

an over and back in basketball is when the ball has been brought over half it cannot be taken back over that half, the ball can only be played on that side of the court otherwise you will be called on "over and back" and the other team will get possession of the ball. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:08, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Edit request: Social forms of basketball section[edit]

In the Social forms of basketball section there is this sentence: This includes National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate basketball. but it is not attached to anything. Also the Disabled Basketball sentence is not complete either: Disabled basketball played by various disabled groups, such as (stops here) --Bazoo77197 (talk) 00:58, 8 December 2011 (UTC) In basketball there is a thing called an over the back foul. This foul is usually when a player boxes out someone on the other team and the person being boxed out goes over their back to get the ball. This is a normal foul. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:58, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 16 February 2012[edit]

Basketball was first to be played in Canada. (talk) 07:07, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

This appears to contradict the sourced material already in the article. You'll need to provide better references, or at least any references, for this edit. Kuru (talk) 12:13, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

History of basketball: Why James Naismith Invented the game of basketball.[edit]

James Naismith also invented the game of basketball to have a sport that was suitable for play inside during the Massachusetts winter, for the YMCA students. He wanted to create a game of skill instead of one that relied solely on strength. He needed a game that could be played indoors and in a relatively small space. As well as to keep his football players in shape all year around.[1] [edit] References

  1. ^ Laughead Jr., George. "History of Basketball". Kansas Heritage Group. Retrieved March 8, 2012.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cneff12 (talkcontribs) 19:30, 9 March 2012 (UTC) 

Basketball#Variations and similar games[edit]

Unicycle basketball links to Unicycle basketball which redirects to Basketball. Thats a circle-link (or link circle?), the snake bites its own tail. Better would be [[Unicycle|Unicycle basketball]] to give the reader further information by this link. -- Lord van Tasm (talk) 07:54, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

I prefer "unicycle basketball", as "unicycle basketball" makes it look like we have an article on unicycle basketball. —Kusma (t·c) 08:13, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
That would even be better. -- Lord van Tasm (talk) 10:45, 2 July 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lord van Tasm (talkcontribs)

specification of results of technical foul: "A technical foul gives the opposing team a free throw, and the opposing team is also retained possession of the ball."[edit]

Sir: I suggest a correction to the sentence in the article on "Basketball": "A technical foul gives the opposing team a free throw, and the opposing team is also retained possession of the ball." I suggest: "A technical foul gives the opposing team one or two free throws depending on the severity of the infraction; the opposing team retains possession of the ball after the free throw tries." Respectfully Dwherion (talk) 21:23, 15 July 2012 (UTC)dwherion

A technical foul is always results in
  • One free throw, for leagues playing in NBA rules
  • Two free throws, for leagues playing in FIBA rules
There's no discretion on how many free throws should be taken. It's always one, or always two. With that, I'll see how I can edit that. –HTD 07:05, 20 July 2012 (UTC)
Update: I haven't edited it as the passage was edited already, and pretty much summed up what I said here. –HTD 07:07, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

Feedback requested on the best way to expand coverage of the history of women's basketball[edit]

I would like to expand the coverage of women's basketball history.

There seem to be three logical places for coverage of the history

  1. Women's basketball
  2. Basketball
  3. History of basketball

In order to keep discussions together, I am posting this teaser on the talk pages of the three articles listed, plus the talk page of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women's sport and Wikipedia:WikiProject Basketball. I'll post a more complete post on Talk:Women's_basketball and urge anyone with any feedback to post it there.--SPhilbrick(Talk) 22:05, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

Changing the International 3-point line measurements under rules and regulations[edit]

I believe that the correct distance to the 3-point arc currently is 6.75 meters or (22.1 ft) in games govern by FIBA, not 6.25 meters that the article states. (page 6)

Danmad10 (talk) 15:10, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

This is true. It was indeed augmented to 6.75 m in 2010. -andy (talk) 19:46, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Edit request: please include this (internal) article[edit]

I couldn't find any link to this article from within the main article, but it's really a well-written one: Three-point field goal. The Three-point-line one (though indirectly) is already in, but it is not really sufficient to learn the real McCoy, i. e. the basics. -andy (talk) 19:51, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 16 February 2013[edit]

In technical foul description in overview, grammar error: should be "retains possession" Skopetz (talk) 17:35, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Done RudolfRed (talk) 21:11, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Correction to grammar in first sentence[edit]

The first sentence should be edited to rearrange the "horizontally positioned" description of the basket so that it is more clear: "...the objective being to shoot a ball through a horizontally positioned basket to score points..." As it is now it is awkward at best and arguably grammatically incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fhouse01 (talkcontribs) 03:00, 24 February 2013‎

Yes check.svg Done Rearranged to say "the objective being to shoot a ball through a horizontally positioned basket to score points". Camyoung54 talk 17:09, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Comparison with Netball[edit]

I wonder if a section comparing Basketball to Netball would be useful? The Wiki article on Netball explains that Netball was originally a variant of Basketball developed to be more suitable for women, and was sometimes known as Women's Basketball. But what I didn't realise until I looked at the Basketball article is that Basketball was originally closer to Netball than it is now. The most important difference now is that in Netball there is no dribbling, and players have to pass the ball quickly to another player. But it seems that this was originally true in Basketball as well. (talk) 23:04, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 1 May 2013[edit]

Please insert The Gun (basketball) to the "See Also" section. I have created a page on the basketball gun, which is used as an automated rebounding tool, and i would like to link that article with this one and increase the awareness of my article to the wikipedia community.

Thank you HIST406-13110618904 (talk) 02:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Not done for now: Establish notability per WP:GNG and re-request. Without much of anything in the way of secondary sources, this is not notable enough for inclusion at this point. --ElHef (Meep?) 04:37, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Even if it was notable, I could not see a justification for inclusion in the article. It just is not widely enough used and not an integral part of basketball to rate a mention. If we were writing about it and including it in the body of the text, where would it go? Nowhere. Thus, not appropriate in see also. --LauraHale (talk) 12:21, 1 May 2013 (UTC)


passing is the way to move the ball between players — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:25, 28 September 2013 (UTC)


Dunking is to be considered to most, a highly motivational movement within this sport. A dunk is when a player reaches the rim with the basketball and puts the ball through the hoop while touching the field goal post

Examples of some dunks: Babe Ruth, Michael Jackson, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:45, 1 November 2013 (UTC) 

Edit Request: Article Organization[edit]

Wouldn't it be better if one actually discussed how the game is played before going into all the nuances of High School vs. College vs. Pro basketball? At present it is a bit like an Article on the US talking about each individual American States before discussing the Federal Government, or even generally where it is located. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:41, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Height of rim in meters[edit]

10 feet is a bit more than 3 meters. It's 3.05 to the closest centimeter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:53, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

More Dimensions Needed[edit]

There is no discussion of the free throw line being fifteen feet from the backboard, nor that the free throw circle has a six foot radius. The three point line varies among the various competing groups, with the 'top of the circle' dimension of twenty-one feet being the shortest distance for three points in some women's games and in all high school competitions in the USA. (talk) 03:24, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

street ball needs a section.[edit]

Street ball is as valid as any mentioned. For instance, Kareem said the best player he ever saw was the Goat (who ate the wrong things and so could never play in the NBA)and that was on the Manhattan playgrounds. Every city in the US has street ball. Several have tournaments, such as Houston. (talk) 23:49, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

It's probably hard to find RS for street ball (although Kareem probably counts). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:50, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Girls' basketball[edit]

In the sixties in the US, girls' basketball was quite different from women's basketball of today. As I recall, the teams consisted of two groups, offense and defense, which could not cross the half-court line. The change from this relatively static game to the adoption of men's rules should be mentioned and dated.Kdammers (talk) 10:51, 29 June 2014 (UTC)


Perhaps the Euroleague deserves a chapter in this section. It is the second best league in the word and the level played there is a lot higher than any other league in the world except the NBA. I.e. in 2006 Team USA lost the semi-final to Greece which only had Euroleague players on its roster. Also, top annual team budgets in the EL could reach as high as 45 million euro´s. Players have earned as much as 7 million euro´s per year playing in the Euroleague.

In all, the Euroleague is an interesting basketball development. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:28, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Women's Recreational Leagues[edit]

There are leagues set up for women to play recreational basketball after high school and/or college. To play in these leagues women typically have to be over the age of 18. Most women who would join this type of league have played in high school, and some at the college level. There are also YMCAs that open up early to allow men and women to come play pick-up games. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ginam2306 (talkcontribs) 22:45, 17 October 2014 (UTC)