Shooting free throws in basketball underhanded, or “granny style,” is statistically more effective, but players don’t do it because it doesn’t look cool.
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the US men’s basketball team beat Canada 19-8 to win the gold medal. The game was held outdoors on a dirt court in the pouring rain. The conditions prevented dribbling, which is why the score was so low.
Physicists proved that shooting “granny style” is the absolute best technique to consistently score points on the line, but NBA players refuse to do it because it looks stupid.
The Chinese government “encouraged” the country’s tallest female basketball player to marry the country’s tallest man. Their child was Yao Ming.
In high school, Chris Paul‘s grandfather was murdered on the eve of his season opener. He went on to score 61 points, one for each year his grandfather lived.
Michael Jordan wore a jersey with the number 12 with no name on the back, during a game with the Orlando Magic, after someone broke into the Bull’s dressing room and stole Michael Jordan’s jersey. Jordan refused to sign autographs in Orlando after the incident.