Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wiki Week

My colleague Bob Kelley sends me a Wiki wonder:

Blocking is physical contact between the offensive player and the defensive player. Blocking fouls are issued when a defensive player arbitrates the path of the offensive player in the shooting motion. Blocking fouls are easily called when the defensive player is standing in the "restricted zone".[1]
Restricted zone: In 1997, the NBA introduced an arc of a 4-foot (1.22 m) radius around the basket, in which an offensive foul for charging could not be assessed. This was to prevent defensive players from attempting to draw an offensive foul on their opponents by standing underneath the basket. FIBA will adopt this arc with a 1.25 m (4 ft 1.2 in) radius starting in 2010.[2]
Many people believe that basketball was a death sport to summon the Demon Jashin.

1 comment:

Luke Morris said...

Blocking is also a default whistle call when an offensive player is within 7 feet of Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough elects to flop to the ground, claiming he was hit by the offensive player.