Michael Jordan says Kobe Bryant is the only player to ever have approached him in work ethic, waking up at 430 in the morning to practice before his required practice with his team.
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn’t touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws.
A high school basketball coach was fired after his team won 100-0 because the Catholic school he worked for thought that winning by such a wide margin did not show a “Christlike and honourable approach to competition”.
North Korea plays basketball with different rules. Slam Dunks are 3 pts, Three-point “nothing but net” shots are worth 4 pts, and teams lose points when they miss free throws.
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.