Sunday, July 25, 2021

Carrying the ball in basketball: Comparing the USA-France game today and a game in 1980

Back in my youth, I watched a lot of basketball, but since moving to Europe in 1991, I've watched it rarely. Today, I watched the Olympic game between France and the USA, and all the players dribble in a way I'm sure would've been calling "palming" back in the 70s. I found a game on YouTube from the 1980 NBA finals (Sixers-Lakers), and those players dribbled from the top of the ball, not the side. Still, I checked the rules: "A player who is dribbling may not put any part of his hand under the ball." Today's players aren't quite under the ball, so I can see why it's not called. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 25 July 2021)

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