Basketball and Height.

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 27th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ifajkim/
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Basketball is a fascinating game. However, it has little or no place for short people. Here are some suggestions to make it all inclusive.

A popular game

When the basketball leaves the player’s hands, sails in an inverted parabola and lands in the basket it is a sheer delight to the player and the spectator. Its movement in the air reminds us of the grace of a ballerina and smooth flight of a trapeze artist. If the ball lands in the basket without touching the rim, it’s ‘just nets’ and is almost a sight for the Gods. Such balls give basketball the glory it richly deserves and draw spectators in thousands to the stadium and millions to the TV sets. Kids love it and practice in their homes and school gyms to execute such shots. It’s shots like this that make this game immensely popular in the world and particularly in the USA where it is played by almost everyone from a kid to the POTUS.


The Beauty of the Game

The taller players of the team take an easy way out. After all, in Basketball winning is not only important, but it’s everything. Taking advantage of their height they run up to the hoop, jump if required and dunk the ball in the net in a downward motion. The shot called slum dunk gets the same points as the shot mentioned earlier but lacks the grace and finesse. In some games, the purists do not permit this slam dunking, but those games are few and far in between.

Basketball is now a game for the professionals who get paid in millions and the only thing that matters in such games is winning. It’s the final score at the end of the last second of the fourth quarter that makes or mars a team. Every point scored paves the way to the final success: the NBA Championship, the Prize money and the other perks that go with it.

Advantage of Height.

The average height of men has been increasing in all parts of the world and more so in the USA. The height of the hoop, however, remained constant at ten feet. Taller men among the best basketball players are having a greater advantage. Today, the average height of a NBA player is around six and half feet. People shorter than six feet have little or no chance to succeed in NBA.

Yesterday, I watched the annual NBA Draft when young hopefuls were picked up by the professional teams. The young fellows, finding their lifelong dreams coming true, often, broke into tears. Their families, hoping to get a better life with their ward’s earnings, also broke into tears. It was a night when several dreams fructified.
There was a discordant note: Most of the players were unusually tall. A few were seven feet. Their height would give added advantage to the team that picked them, but it definitely takes away the sheen of the game. A person with that height would be able to stretch his hands to nine feet and the hoop would be just a foot out of his reach. All that would be required of such player is to just toss the ball into the net to get two or three points. This added height gives an edge to his team but takes away the pleasure and glory of the game. Secondly, where is the opportunity for the short players?







Skill required.

It needs great skill and regular practice to net the ball of circumference of 29.5 inches in a hoop of 18 inches in diameter. This leaves a gap of only 8.3 inches as shown in the picture. The ball should find the net avoiding the outstretched hands of several defenders. Herein lays the beauty and pull of the game. However, if you keep a couple seven footers defending the hoop it is well-nigh impossible to score.


Suggestions.

What then is the answer? Increasing the height of the hoop is one option. To cater for the short players a computer controlled hoop which adjusts its height constantly according to the height of the player in possession of the ball is another option.
Whatever, Basketball surely needs a change.




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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Jun 2014 (#)

A really good read G.V. I enjoyed it.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Steve for your appreciation.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Jun 2014 (#)

not a player but a jolly good read indeed...thank you GV..

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Sry for the delay Carolina. your appreciation warms my heart.

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Wow! A great technical description of this wonderful game!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Jul 2014 (#)

My dear Ptrikha,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar WOGIAM
30th Jun 2014 (#)

lol, your are right, Basket ball does not have place for people like me, I enjoy watching it whenever I can though.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Jul 2014 (#)

My dear WOGIAM,
Thanks for your comment. Don't worry about height.

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author avatar snerfu
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Hello Mr Rao, It is thought provoking and for most part I was thinking -- Heck what difference it will make. But in the end I understood, we cannot have a game without a basket.Very nice article indeed sir.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

My dear snerfu,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Interesting idea, moving the hoop. Perhaps an alternative would be to have leagues by height -- 4-6' leagues and 6'1" & up leagues. Or different rules as to how the net may be defended. Given that some ball players now can shoot 3s from 1/2 court and even the opposite court, I'm not sure that leveling the playing field will ever be truly possible. However, it never hurts to consider the possibilities. Great article.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

My dear Phyl,
Many thanks for your comment. It's time the powers be considered some viable alternatives to provide a level field to all players.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Interesting take, GVR. Phyl has a good suggestion to make the game fair to all. I remember seeing Indian player Panda who just stood near the net to slam dunk - he was very tall by Indian standards in the 1970s - 7' 4"! In the same game I was astounded by the skill of the much shorter Abbas Montasir - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

My dear Siva,
Skill is something to be admired. Height is like inherited wealth. Some have it and some don't have it.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
6th Jul 2014 (#)

Well-written, GV. I got your points. Keep up!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Jul 2014 (#)

My dear n.c. radomes,
Many thanks for your comments.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

A good post my friend and I agree that something needs to be done. Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Jul 2014 (#)

My dear kingwell,
Many thanks for your comment and blessings.

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