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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 01:20

Basketball

Basketball player leaps to catch ball
Basketball teams score points by throwing a ball through a hoop at each end of the court

Basketball is one of the world's most popular sports and is played by two teams of five players each. The aim of each team is to score in the opponent's basket and to prevent the other team from scoring.

Top level basketball is a fast-moving test of speed, skill and hand-eye coordination, with play rapidly switching from one end of the court to the other.

A crowd pleasing shot is the "slam dunk", where a player flies through the air and powerfully forces the ball downwards through the hoop.

There is plenty more for spectators to enjoy, with the high speed skills of dribbling, passing and shooting made all the more impressive by the size of the players. Height is a big advantage in basketball, especially for the forwards, who are expected to score the majority of the baskets.

 
 

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