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Friday, 27 January 2023
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The Importance of Starting on Time

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Some of us don’t value the start of our game on time.  There are a lot of factors that we don’t take into consideration into the responsibility of starting the game early or late.

The business of basketball is very tricky.  At the professional level, when a game exceeds 2 hours, it begins to interfere with other advertisers’ costs of that advertisement spot.   The game has prolonged into their advertisement spot at that particular time.   

At the higher division high school basketball schools will have to cooperate with advertisers and TV networks, and the schedule they both need to uphold on a minute by minute daily.

Take into consideration:

- Spectators that come to watch, has planned their day to come watch the game between those assigned times.  Not earlier or later.

- The gym has been reserved that allotted time.  Beyond those times can cause the school/organization extra fees.

- Games that start late usually ends late.   

Be a professional.  It’s about staying on time.  Arrive 1 hour before tip-off.  Be certain that you’re going to be there.  Some college conferences will require you to arrive 75 minutes prior to the start of the game.  At the professional level, you meet the night before as well as earlier in the day.  You will be arriving at the game 1 hour prior to tip-off.

Lowering the Basket to 9' in WNBA

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I thought about Shaquille O’Neal’s idea in regards to lowering the height of the basket in the WNBA to 9 feet, in an effort to bring more excitement to the game.  Break away dunks become more electrifying. Posterizing facial slams and acrobatic layups are more possible during the game.  The cost for such excitement may bring major impact to the training as well as the business of women’s basketball.

The average height in WNBA is 5’11”, while the NBA averages around 6’6”.  There are certain players in the WNBA that supports this idea, and  I do see how this idea can make the game more exciting in the WNBA.  I can picture players such as Jonquel Jones with a Kevin Durant style of attacking the rim with an “and 1” dunk.  It would be exciting to watch Elizabeth Cambage on a put-back dunk off of a miss.  I haven’t even mention Britney Griner’s already dominance at the current 10’ basket height regulation. 

Here’s the breakdown of the top tallest players in the WNBA in 2021.

  1. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury, 6 feet 9 inches
  2. Teaira McCowan, Indiana Fever, 6 feet 7 inches
  3. Kalani Brown, Atlanta Dream, 6 feet 7 inches
  4. Mercedes Russell, Seattle Storm, 6 feet 6 inches
  5. Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx, 6 feet 6 inches
  6. Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun, 6 feet 6 inches
  7. Azura Stevens, Chicago Sky, 6 feet 6 inches
  8. Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics, 6 feet 5 inches
  9. Amanda Zahui B., Los Angeles Sparks, 6 feet 5 inches
  10. Astou Ndour, Chicago Sky, 6 feet 5 inches
  11. Theresa Plaisance, Washington Mystics, 6 feet 5 inches
  12. Stefanie Dolson, Chicago Sky, 6 feet 5 inches

Rule changes happens every year to better the flow and play of basketball.  The idea is to provide a more entertaining game to watch for fans, and at the same time increasing the competition level.  The beauty of this sport is regardless of how the game changes, the players will always readjust their playing style.  But all this doesn’t mean that we should lower the height of the rim for the WNBA.  I don’t think the world is ready for that as a norm.  The cost to re-adjust or add new height to the basket courts around the world would be absurd.  Until then, this lobby’s more for a different type of professional women's basketball league.  One that consists of a 9’ basket height for women.  If Ice Cube started a professional league of 3 on 3 basketball, why not a 9’ basket women’s basketball league? 

I’d watch it.

2021-22 Points of Education: Freedom of Movement

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Another key element to making the game better.  We so often missed these types of fouls, which philosophy of advantage and disadvantage comes into consideration.  A new consideration to keep in mind is the ability of players on offense and defense to freely move during play.  For example, keeping a clean entry pass to the post player forces the defender to give the post player the freedom of movement to receive the entry pass without any pushes or holds.

The potential hindered freedom of movement can be judged by observing both the defensive and offensive players' rhythm, speed, balance.  Any illegal re-routes forced by defender are fouls.  





A Good Table Crew

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A stressful moment in the game can be when play has stopped due to confusion.  The intensity can be fueled by the crowd.  The crowd can and may play a factor in hindering you and your partners’ ability to administer an infraction properly and resume play.   The crowd is very capable of fueling and masterminding coaches to be more animated.  As much of the impact, they are very known to ignite players’ attitudes and athleticism during the game. 

With many tools available to us during the game, one of the most missed tangible tools is utilizing your table crew.  Make sure you have a good conference with your table crew prior to the game, and involving the game announcer as well.  In an event of confusion during the game, the crew at the table may be your best ally.

The table announcer can help you tame the crowd, by clarifying a confusing infraction.  This may give you the best opportunity to continue play.

2021-22 Points of Education: Bench Decorum

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In a second part of the video released by Monty McCutchen, he talks about bench decorum. 

Sometimes the bench can have a big impact in the play.  This is not necessary for the game and will no longer be tolerated.  The crowd in the stands is not directly a part of the game.  The bench personnel is a part of the game, but can not be a part of live ball action.

Please checkk out the video below.



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