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Point Guard
The POINT GUARD (PG), also called the ONE or POINT, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right players at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept their coach's game plan; in this way, the position can be compared to a quarterback in American football or a playmaker in association football (soccer). While the guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, he must also be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, and he also must control the pace of the game. A point guard, like other player positions in basketball, specializes in certain skills. A point guard's primary job is to facilitate scoring opportunities for his/her team, or sometimes for themselves. Lee Rose has described a point guard as a coach on the floor, who can handle and distribute the ball to teammates. This involves setting up plays on the court, getting the ball to the teammate in the best position to score, and controlling the tempo of the game. A point guard should know when and how to instigate a fast break and when and how to initiate the more deliberate sets. Point guards are expected to be vocal floor leaders
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Bob Cousy
ROBERT JOSEPH "BOB" COUSY (born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame . Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season. Making his high school varsity squad as a junior, he went on to earn a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross , where he led the Crusaders to berths in the 1948 NCAA Tournament and 1950 NCAA Tournament and was named an NCAA All-American for 3 seasons. Cousy was initially drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft , but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston. He had an exceptionally successful career with the Celtics, leading the league an unprecedented 8 straight years in assists , playing on six NBA championship teams, and being voted into 13 NBA All-Star Games in his 13 full NBA seasons. He was also named to 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and won the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player Award . En route to his assist streak that was unmatched either in number of crowns or consecutive years, Cousy introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills to the NBA that earned him the nickname "The Houdini of the Hardwood." Also known as "Cooz", he was regularly introduced at Boston Garden as "Mr
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Bob McNeill
BOB J. MCNEILL (October 22, 1938) is a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1960 to 1962. Bobby McNeill was born near 2nd & Allegheny in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. As a Senior at North Catholic High, McNeill once scored 46 points in a game (an all-time school record). He was selected as a 1st team All-Catholic player in 1956. As the point guard, McNeill led the 1956 Falcon basketball team to a Philadelphia Catholic League Championship, scoring 14 points in a one-point victory over LaSalle. He then led the Falcons to their first ever City Basketball Championship Title by beating West Philadelphia
Philadelphia
HS. In the City Title game McNeill scored 29 points in a 68-67 victory at the Palestra. McNeill then went on to St Joseph's University. He led the Hawks to the NCAA tournament in 1959 & 60. He was named 1st team All-Big 5 in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Bobby also earned All-American honors as a senior. Upon graduating Bobby held the SJU record for assists in a game, a season, and a career. He still owns school record for free throws made and attempted in a game. He was inducted into the St Joe's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. At 6' 1" and 170 lbs he was drafted in the 3rd round by the New York Knicks in the 1960 NBA Draft
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Boston Celtics
The BOSTON CELTICS are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division . Founded in 1946 and one of eight NBA teams (out of 23 total teams) to survive the league's first decade, the team is owned by Boston
Boston
Basketball
Basketball
Partners LLC . The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden
TD Garden
, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston
Boston
Bruins . The franchise's 17 championships are the most of any NBA team, and account for 24.3 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding in 1946. As a percentage of championships won, the Celtics are the most successful franchise to date in the major four traditional North American professional sports leagues . The Celtics have played the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
a record 12 times in the finals, including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010 , where the Celtics have won nine meetings
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Basketball Position
The five BASKETBALL POSITIONS normally employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard (PG or 1), the shooting guard (SG or 2), the small forward (SF or 3), the power forward (PF or 4), and the center (C or 5). Typically, the point guard is the leader of the team when on the court. This position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is often the best shooter and is probably capable of shooting accurately from longer distances. Generally, they also have good ball-handling skills. The small forward often has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball. The power forward and the center are usually called "low post" players, who play with their back to the basket, often acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots. The center is typically the larger of the two. Historically, only three positions were recognized (two guards, two forwards and one center) based on where they played on the court: guards generally played outside and away from the hoop, forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center usually positioned in the key. During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved, more specialized roles developed, resulting in the five position designations used today. Team strategy and available personnel, however, still dictate the positions used by a particular team
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Basketball
BASKETBALL is a non-contact sport played on a rectangular court . While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith , who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks , one of the most successful programs in the game's history. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line , and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws , which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one\'s pivot foot without dribbling the ball , to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling
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Quarterback
A QUARTERBACK (commonly abbreviated to QB) is a position in American and Canadian football . Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line . In modern American football , the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle . CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 Leadership * 3 Trends and other roles * 3.1 Special tactics * 3.2 Dual-threat quarterbacks * 3.3 Two-quarterback system * 4 History * 5 Race * 6 See also * 7 References * 7.1 Bibliography OVERVIEW Mike Quinn , former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, throwing the football. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually the leader of the offense. The quarterback touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and his successes and failures can have a significant impact on the fortunes of his team. Accordingly, the quarterback is among the most glorified and scrutinized positions in team sports. Prior to each play, the quarterback will usually tell the rest of his team which play the team will run. After the team is lined up, the center will pass the ball back to the quarterback (a process called the snap ). Usually on a running play, the quarterback will then hand or pitch the ball backwards to a half back or full back
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American Football
AMERICAN FOOTBALL, referred to as FOOTBALL in the United States and Canada, and also known as "gridiron football " or simply "gridiron", is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense , the team with control of the oval-shaped football , attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the team without control of the ball, the defense, aims to stop their advance and take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs , or plays, or else they turn over the football to the opposing team; if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal . The team with the most points at the end of a game wins. American football evolved in the United States, originating from the sports of association football and rugby football . The first game of American football was played on November 6, 1869 , between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton , under rules based on the association football rules of the time. During the latter half of the 1870s, colleges playing association football switched to the Rugby Union code , which allowed carrying the ball
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Playmaker
In association football , a PLAYMAKER is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals , through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability. In English football, the term overlaps somewhat with an attacking midfielder , but the two types of midfielders are not necessarily the same, as playmakers are not necessarily constrained to a single position. Several playmakers can also operate on the wings , or as a creative, supporting striker ; some can also function in a more central midfield role, alternating between playing in more offensive roles and participating in the build-up plays in the midfield. Other players still function as deep-lying playmakers, in a free role, behind the mid-field line . Playmakers are not usually known for their defensive capabilities, which is why they are often supported by a defensive midfielder. As many midfielders and forwards have the aforementioned creative and technical attributes, they tend to be the playmakers of a team
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Association Football
ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL, more commonly known as FOOTBALL or SOCCER, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball . It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers (and then only when within their penalty area ). Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may also use their head or torso. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. The Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA; French : _Fédération Internationale de Football Association_), which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years
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Lee Rose (basketball)
LEE ROSE (born October 23, 1936) is an American basketball coach. He was a college basketball coach in the 1970s and 1980s, and an assistant coach in the NBA into the 2000s. CONTENTS * 1 Collegiate career * 2 Later career * 3 Division I Coaching Record * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links COLLEGIATE CAREERRose, a native of Irvine, Kentucky , is a 1958 alumnus of Transylvania University where he served as an assistant coach after graduation under C. M. Newton . He then took a similar position at the University of Cincinnati before returning to his alma mater as head coach and athletic director and recorded 160 wins in eight seasons. In 1975 he became the head coach and athletic director at UNC Charlotte , where in three seasons he took the 49ers to one NIT championship game (1976) and to the NCAA Final Four (1977). In 1977 he was named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year, and Charlotte 's "Citizen of the Year". In three seasons Rose's record at Charlotte was 72–18 (.800). Rose left Charlotte for Purdue University in 1978 and led them to the Final Four in 1980, and is one of only ten coaches in NCAA history to take two different schools to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament
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Fast Break
FAST BREAK is an offensive strategy in basketball and handball . In a fast break, a team attempts to move the ball up court and into scoring position as quickly as possible, so that the defense is outnumbered and does not have time to set up. There are various styles of the fast break and the fast break attack is the best method of providing action and quick scores. A fast break may result from cherry picking . CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Fly fast break * 2.1 How to play the Fly fastbreak * 2.2 Strengths * 2.3 Weaknesses * 2.4 Breaking Down the Fly fastbreak * 2.5 Notes * 3 References * 4 Further reading DESCRIPTIONIn a typical fast-break situation, the defending team obtains the ball and passes it to the fastest player who sets up the fast break. That player (usually the smaller point guard , in the case of basketball) then speed-dribbles the ball upcourt with several players trailing on the wings. He then either passes it to another player for quick scoring, or takes the shot himself. If contact is made between him and a defender from behind while on a fast break, an unsportmanlike foul is called. Recognition, speed, ball-handling skills and decision making are critical to the success of a fast break
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Shot Clock
A SHOT CLOCK is used in some sports to quicken the pace of the game. It is normally associated with basketball , but is also used in snooker , pro lacrosse , water polo , korfball , and ten-pin bowling . It is analogous with the play clock used in American and Canadian football . In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the game's pace and scoring. The offensive team must attempt a field goal with the ball leaving the player's hand before the shot clock expires, and the shot must either touch the rim or enter the basket. If the offensive team fails to register a field goal attempt within the time limit, they are assessed a violation resulting in a turnover to their opponents; if the ball hits or enters the rim after the clock expires, it is not a violation so long as it left the player's hand before expiration. The maximum time limit of the shot clock varies by level of play and league: The National Basketball
Basketball
Association has had a 24-second limit since first introducing the clock in the 1950s; and college basketball for both men and women has a 30-second limit. The WNBA had a 30-second clock originally; since 2006 the limit is 24 seconds, just like in the NBA
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Magic Johnson
AS A PLAYER * 5× NBA champion (1980 , 1982 , 1985 , 1987 , 1988 ) * 3× NBA Finals MVP (1980 , 1982 , 1987 ) * 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987 , 1989 , 1990 ) * 12× NBA All-Star (1980 , 1982 –1992 ) * 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990 , 1992 ) * 9× All-NBA First Team (1983 –1991 ) * All-NBA Second Team (1982 ) * NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980 ) * 4× NBA assists leader (1983 , 1984 , 1986 , 1987 ) * 2× NBA steals leader (1981 , 1982 ) * J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992 ) * NBA playoffs all-time assists leader * NBA\'s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team * No. 32 retired by Los Angeles Lakers * NCAA champion (1979 ) * NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979) * Consensus first-team All-American (1979 ) * Second-team All-American – NABC (1978 ) * Third-team All-American – AP , UPI (1978) * No. 33 retired by Michigan State AS AN EXECUTIVE * 2016 WNBA Champion (part owner of the Los Angeles Sparks ) CAREER STATISTICS POINTS 17,707 (19.5 ppg) REBOUNDS 6,559 (7.2 rpg) ASSISTS 10,141 (11.2 apg) Stats at Basketball-Reference.com Basketball Hall of Fame as player College Basketball Hall of Fame Inducted in 2006 Medals MEN\'S BASKETBALL REPRESENTING UNITED STATES OLYMPIC GAMES 1992 Barcelona Team competition EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON JR
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National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season . The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president) of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season , the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season , the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award. As of June 2017 , the current holder of the award is Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
. Every player who has won this award and has been eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
has been inducted. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times
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Russell Westbrook
RUSSELL WESTBROOK III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star , and a two-time NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player , winning consecutive awards in 2015 and 2016. He is also a six-time All-NBA Team member and led the league in scoring in 2014–15 and 2016–17. In 2017 , Westbrook became one of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, along with Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson
in 1962 . He also set a record for the most triple-doubles in a season, with 42. He was subsequently named the 2016–17 NBA Most Valuable Player . Westbrook played college basketball for the UCLA
UCLA
Bruins and earned third-team all-conference honors in the Pac-10 . He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Seattle SuperSonics , who then relocated to Oklahoma City