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Shooting Guard
The shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to score points for his team.[1] Some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well; these players are known colloquially as combo guards. A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman. In the NBA, shooting guards usually range from 6' 3" (1.91 m) to 6' 7" (2.01 m) and 5' 9" (1.75 m) to 6' 0" (1.83 m) in the WNBA.Contents1 Characteristics and styles of play 2 Notes 3 References 4 External linksCharacteristics and styles of play[edit] The Basketball
Basketball
Handbook by Lee Rose describes a shooting guard as someone whose primary role is to score points. As the name suggests, most shooting guards are good long-range shooters, typically averaging 35–40 percent from three-point range
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Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Jeffrey Jordan
(born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ,[3] is a retired American professional basketball player. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) for the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
is the greatest basketball player of all time."[4] Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.[5] He is currently the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
of the NBA. Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith
Dean Smith
at the University of North Carolina
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International Standard Book Number
"ISBN" redirects here. For other uses, see ISBN (other).International Standard Book
Book
NumberA 13-digit ISBN, 978-3-16-148410-0, as represented by an EAN-13 bar codeAcronym ISBNIntroduced 1970; 48 years ago (1970)Managing organisation International ISBN AgencyNo. of digits 13 (formerly 10)Check digit Weighted sumExample 978-3-16-148410-0Website www.isbn-international.orgThe International Standard Book
Book
Number (ISBN) is a unique[a][b] numeric commercial book identifier. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.[1] An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007
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Official (basketball)
In basketball, an official (usually called a referee) enforces the rules and maintains order in the game. The title of official also applies to the scorers and timekeepers, as well as other personnel that have an active task in maintaining the game. Basketball
Basketball
is regarded as among the most difficult sports to officiate due to the speed of play, complexity of rules, the case-specific interpretations of rules, and the instantaneous decision required. There is one lead referee and one or two umpires, depending on whether there is a two- or three-person crew. In the NBA, the lead official is called the crew chief and the other two officials are referees.[1] In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, and three-man crews contain a referee and two umpires. Regardless, both classes of officials have equal rights to control almost all aspects of the game
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Head Coach
A head coach, senior coach, or manager is a professional at training and developing athletes. They typically hold a more public profile and are paid more than other coaches. In some sports, the head coach is instead called the "manager", as in association football and professional baseball
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Captain (sports)
In team sports, captain is a title given to a member of the team. The title is frequently honorary, but in some cases the captain may have significant responsibility for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field. In either case, it is a position that indicates honor and respect from one's teammates – recognition as a leader by one's peers. In association football (soccer) and cricket, a captain is also known as a skipper. Depending on the sport, team captains may be given the responsibility of interacting with game officials regarding application and interpretation of the rules
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Forward-center
Forward–center or Bigman is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. Typically, this means power forward and center, since these are usually the two biggest player positions on any basketball team, and therefore more often overlap each other. Forward–center came into the basketball jargon as the game evolved and became more specialized in the 1960s. The five positions on court were originally known only as guards, forwards, and the center, but it is now generally accepted that the five primary positions are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. Typically, a forward–center is a talented forward who also came to play minutes at center on teams that need help at that position. The player could also be a somewhat floor-bound center, under seven feet tall at the NBA level, whose skills suit him to a power forward position, especially if that team has a better center
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Center (basketball)
The center (C), also known as the five or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well.Contents1 History of the center position1.1 Emergence of the center and the era of George Mikan 1.2 Centers in the 1960s: The era of Bill Russell
Bill Russell
and Wilt Chamberlain 1.3 Centers in the 1970s and 1980s: The era of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1.4 Centers in the 1990s 1.5 Centers in the 2000s: Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming, Ben Wallace, and Dwight Howard 1.6 Centers in the 2010s: The Rise of "Stretch Five"2 Centers in women's basketball 3 List of centers 4 See also 5 References 6 Further readingHistory of the center position[edit] Emergence of the center and the era of George Mikan[edit]George MikanThe center is considered a necessary component for a successful team, especially in professional leagues such as the NBA
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Stretch Four
In basketball, a stretch four (sometimes called combo forward or stretch big) is a player who plays in the power forward position. "Stretch" describes the effect such a player has on the opposition defense, and the power forward position is also known as the "four position"; hence "stretch four". The stretch four is a fairly recent innovation in the NBA (with an "explosion"[1] of players coming through since the 1999–2000 season),[2] but is still becoming increasingly common in today's game, as many NBA coaches now use the "small-ball" line-up/tactical play.[3]Contents1 Style of play 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksStyle of play[edit] Power forwards (PF's) traditionally play close to the basket, using their size and strength to provide interior defense, posting-up (scoring close to the basket) and rebounding. A stretch four is a player that is of power forward size but has superior shooting skills (especially three-point jump shots)
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Power Forward (basketball)
The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has also been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense.[4] The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet (3.7 to 5.5 m)
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Point Forward
Point forward is an official playing position in basketball for those who share the attributes of both a point guard and a forward.Contents1 Characteristics 2 Origin of the term 3 Styles of play 4 See also 5 ReferencesCharacteristics[edit] A point forward is a forward who is responsible for being the primary facilitator on offense.[1][2] The player is typically responsible for bringing the ball up the court.[3] In some cases, the point forward directs the offense once a traditional point guard dribbles the ball up-court.[4][5][6] The role is generally filled by a small forward and rarely by a power forward.[2][3][7] ESPN analyst Dave Telep believed that a point forward was more than a forward who was a good passer, but also needed to facilitate the offense for teammates at least half of the time.[1] Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Larry Bird, lauded for both his scoring and passing skills,[8] once said "I'm a point forward now" after he believed
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Combo Guard
A combo guard is a basketball player who combines the attributes of a point guard (1) and shooting guard (2), but does not necessarily fit the standard description of either position. Such guards are usually within the 6' 2" (1.88 m) and 6' 4" (1.93 m) height range. Most combo guards tend to be between point and shooting guards in terms of height although some possess height of a point or shooting guard specifically which effects how each guard plays (taller guards tend to go inside more and get more rebounds, for instance.) Combo guards became prominent in the 1990s, when players such as Allen Iverson and Penny Hardaway
Penny Hardaway
were switched between playing point guard and shooting guard, depending on offensive and defensive situations. Combo guards use their ball-handling skills to bring the ball up the court and set up teammates, while also having the ability to shoot well
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Basketball Positions
The five basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard (PG), the shooting guard (SG), the small forward (SF), the power forward (PF), and the center (C). 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
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992 album by Vesta Williams "Special" (Garbage song), 1998 "Special
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Free Throw
In basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points by shooting from behind the free throw line (informally known as the foul line or the charity stripe), a line situated at the end of the restricted area. Free throws are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team. Each successful free throw is worth one point.Contents1 Description 2 When free throws are awarded 3 Procedure 4 Free throws awarded (NBA)4.1 Historical5 Strategy 6 Technique 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksDescription[edit]Play media Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
practicing free throws.Free throws can normally be shot at a high percentage by good players. In the NBA, most players make 70–80% of their attempts
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NBA
United States:ABC/ESPN NBA TV TNTCanada: NBA TV
NBA TV
Canada TSN/TSN2 Sportsnet/ Sportsnet
Sportsnet
OneOfficial website NBA.comThe National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States
United States
and 1 in Canada). It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball
Basketball
(USAB),[2] which is recognized by FIBA
FIBA
(also known as the International Basketball
Basketball
Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada
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