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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(basketball is a form of chicken dancing) 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) . TYPES OF PASSES

There are essentially two types of passes:

Air Pass - The pass travels between players without hitting the floor. Bounce Passes - The pass is thrown to the floor so that it bounces to the intended receiver Each type of pass comes with its own variations.

Basic Variations:

   - Chest Pass
   - Bounce Pass
   - Overhead Pass
   - Wrap Around Pass

Advanced Variations:

   - Baseball Pass
   - Dribble Pass
   - Behind-the-Back Pass
   - Pick and Roll Pass



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: , 360, one handed, two handed, windmill, and tomahawk.  — 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)

This has still not been changed. Other heights (of players) are converted to a more accurate number. Why not the rim height? Or are rim heights in metric countries actually three meters? If so, this needs to be stated. Kdammers (talk) 01:57, 18 January 2015 (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)

Edit request: violations[edit]

In the first sentence on the third paragraph from the top, the article says: "Violations are called 'fouls'". This is incoherent since the violations hyperlink sends us to a lower part in the article where there is a distinction made between violations and fouls. Please correct this: the sentence "violations are called 'fouls'" is erroneous.

Semi-protected edit request on 25 November 2014[edit]

How Did Homework Got Inveted udenPeople

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First "international basketball" game[edit]

When was the first international basketball game, or a game between two national teams, played? –HTD 14:56, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 December 2014[edit]

There were only thirteen rules of “basket ball” 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 good speed. 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, pushing, tripping or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute. 6. A foul is striking the ball with the fist, violation of rules 3 and 4, and such as described in rule 5. 7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count a goal for opponents. 8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from grounds into the basket and stays there If the ball rests on the edge and the opponent moves the basket it shall count as a goal. If the ball rests on the edge 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, and played by the person first touching it. In case of a 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 them. 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. 11. The referee shall be the judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, and to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee. 12. The time shall be fifteen minute halves, with five minuets rest between. 13. The making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

[2] Jayc1994 (talk) 14:09, 4 December 2014 (UTC)Jaylen Caldwell Jayc1994 (talk) 14:09, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

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  1. ^
  2. ^ Wolff, Alexander. Sports Illustrated 100 Years of Hoops: A Fond Look Back at the Sport of Basketball. New York: Crescent Books ;, 1995.

Semi-protected edit request on 27 December 2014[edit]

Please remove Yahoo template from EL as the Yahoo Directory has closed down, now redirecting to main page of Yahoo Small Business Directory (talk) 21:52, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done{{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 22:31, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Free throws[edit]

The opening paragraph goes into a bit of detail about scoring, mentioning 2pt & 3pt scoring. How-ever, there is no mention of free throws, which can easily contribute more points to a game than 3-pointers. Kdammers (talk) 01:59, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

I added a mention of free throws but someone else could make it flow better. –HTD 02:52, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 February 2015[edit] (talk) 05:30, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

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Edit Request for 30 March 2015[edit]

Under the section, "Rules and regulations," it reads:

"Measurements and time limits discussed in this section often vary among tournaments and organizations; international and NBA rules are used in this section."

I've noticed, however, that certain places also bring up NCAA and US secondary school play. So I would like to request that to be wrote as follows (differences in bold).

"Measurements and time limits discussed in this section often vary among tournaments and organizations; Unless otherwise noted, international and NBA rules are used in this section."

Is this alright with everyone? Or am I missing something? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:30, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

U.S. Centric[edit]

Naturally, this article will have a great deal to do with the U.S. as the birthplace and continuing professional heartland of basketball. However, the entire article is written from a perspective dealing almost wholly with basketball in relation to the USA, from the assumed perspective of a U.S. reader. A particular clear example is the various headings for different levels of basketball, all focusing entirely on the sport in the U.S. The international basketball section, which should rightly solely focus on the sport played at the international level, mostly does so, but then wholly inappropriately has a few short paragraphs about basketball played outside the U.S. generally.

In fact, the whole headline system of this article is largely inappropriate outside of a U.S. context, as categorisation of basketball playing does not universally reflect the U.S. model. A lot of it is good, but perhaps a new article should reflect the development of basketball in the U.S., whereas this article should be shorter, focused, and universally relevant.

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Semi-protected edit request on 15 April 2015[edit]

let me edit this please Dean2000harper (talk) 20:22, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 15 April 2015[edit]

basket ball was invented by dean and his side kick grant after dean invented bball grant died in a toilet and dean burried him under the wizards basketball stadium. let me edit this please Dean2000harper (talk) 20:27, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 27 April 2015[edit]

Hello, maybe is it possible to add external link for basketball live scores service?

Our link is:

Or for USA:

Thank you

Antonkobzev (talk) 20:36, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Please review our external links policy before requesting. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 20:42, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 May 2015[edit]

i have more info on basketball and its improved

NutsinacUdpe (talk) 16:41, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

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post up picture[edit]

A picture of a Navy player has the description saying he is posting up. Nowhere in the text is this technical phrase dealt with ("post" is explained, but that does not make clear what "post up" means). Kdammers (talk) 22:37, 21 May 2015 (UTC)