The National Basketball Association (NBA), with 30 teams and an average attendance of more than 17,000 spectators per game, is the richest and most popular basketball league — and arguably the most viewed American sport — in the world. This new edition of Basketball For Dummies not only covers the rules and regulations of the NBA, but offers coverage on the WNBA, NCAA, and international basketball leagues.
Basketball For Dummies is a valuable resource to the many fans of this beloved sport, covering everything from players and personalities in the game to rules, regulations, and equipment. Completely updated with information and intrigue that's occurred in the sport since publication of the previous edition, Basketball For Dummies gets you up to speed on everything from NCAA Tournament brackets to college players en route to the NBA.
- Coverage of the rules and regulations of the NBA
- Interesting topics like LeBron the Phenom, ESPN'S influence on the NBA, and the UCONN women's basketball dynasty
- Digger's take on John Wooden
Whether you're a basketball player or a courtside spectator, Basketball For Dummies is a slam-dunk of information and intrigue for anyone who loves the sport.
About the Author
John Walters is a writer at The Daily, an iPad-only national publication. He was a reporter and staff writer at Sports Illustrated for 14 years.
Tim Bourret is the sports information director at Clemson University.
Table of ContentsPrologue: Digger the Player, to Digger the Coach, to Digger the Fan xxiii
Part I: Basketball 101 5
Chapter 1: Bare-Bones Basketball 7
Chapter 2: The Wear and Where of Basketball 17
Chapter 3: The Rules 29
Chapter 4: Statistics 45
Part II: The Fundamentals of Basketball 65
Chapter 5: Shooting 67
Chapter 6: Offense 87
Chapter 7: Defense 109
Chapter 8: Rebounding 145
Chapter 9: Moves, Plays, and Strategies 161
Part III: The Game 179
Chapter 10: Pickup Basketball 181
Chapter 11: High School Basketball 199
Chapter 12: College Basketball 213
Chapter 13: Professional Basketball 233
Chapter 14: International Basketball 257
Part IV: And You Don’t Have to Pick Up a Ball 277
Chapter 15: You Don’t Need to Play to Be a Fan 279
Chapter 16: Filling Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket 295
Part V: The Part of Tens 317
Chapter 17: Ten Games That Changed the Course of Basketball History 319
Chapter 18: Ten Best Basketball Websites 327
Chapter 19: Ten NBA Legends 331
Chapter 20: Ten Important Dates in Basketball History 337
Part VI: Appendixes 345
Appendix A: Glossary of Basketball Terms 347
Appendix B: Drilling the Basics 357