Articles by Tim Malloy
In the first half closing seconds of a hotly contested game in front of a boisterous home crowd, visiting player A-1 steals the ball from B-1 near mid-court and dribbles quickly to the basket trying to score before time expires.
During A-1’s power drive — an apparent premature horn is heard and a startled A-1 launches a shot that caroms off the backboard.
The official closest to the action blows their whistle and it is quickly determined the errant horn did not come from the scorer’s table, but from the rambunctious student section of the home team, who are now enjoying their moment in the spotlight.
In a basketball game with older and more skilled athletes, the action around the basket can often require officials to make quick and decisive rulings on players touching the ball, the ring and the net.
Do you know when a player can legally contact any of the above mentioned game pieces?
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In a hotly contested game after a made basket, B-1 is attempting to inbounds the ball while being pressured on the end line by A-1.
B-1 steps on the end line and passes the ball to B-2 who is out of bounds. B-2 subsequently bounces the ball while standing out of bounds?
Team A’s fans, and it’s head coach, loudly point out the position of B-1’s foot on the end line and scream for a penalty.
Others scream at B-2 for bouncing the ball on the throw-in.
Should the official rule any of these a violation?