WNBA 101: All the pieces You Have to Know

Welcome to Your WNBA 101 Information

A collage of gay WNBA players with Brittney Griner in the center, all on top of a leather orange pattern like a basketball.

WNBA gamers Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, Chelsea Grey by Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures, Natisha Hiedeman and Courtney Williams by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures, AD Durr by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures, Kahleah Copper by Mat Hayward/Getty Pictures for adidas Basketball, Brittney Griner by Petersen/Getty Pictures, Diana Taurasi by Steph Chambers/Getty Pictures. Art work by Autostraddle.

I by no means thought I’d be right here penning this for you. I used to like the foolish femme efficiency I’d do the place I’d tee-hee-hee about “sportsball,” as a result of I’ve by no means performed sports activities a day in my life. Definitely not as a child — the place I caught to theater and artwork, as is my proper as a homosexual — and never as an grownup, actually the entire idea simply handed me by.

One thing began to alter for me a few years in the past as a result of it was delivered to my consideration how insanely scorching WNBA gamers are. That was the 1st step.

Step two got here a couple of 12 months after that, final summer season when Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia. I helped helm Autostraddle’s protection of Griner’s detainment and instantly it turned clear that the primary cause she was in Russia within the first place was due to pay inequity in girls’s basketball in the USA, which enraged me.

Partly what was so upsetting was that I do know why girls’s sports activities don’t make the cash they need to to have the ability to pay gamers what they want…. it’s as a result of folks like me, informal watchers from afar who theoretically may be followers, don’t step as much as the plate. So I joined an Autostraddle employees fantasy league (I absolutely advocate this with your mates, by the best way!) and determined to get severe studying concerning the W.

Should you’re somebody who has at all times glazed over when anybody talked “sports activities” and now you’ve a bit of (or so much) of tension round the right way to even bounce in, although you’d actually prefer to strive since you hear its homosexual and enjoyable… welcome! I’m so excited to have you ever!

I’m going handy maintain you step-by-step — in obsessive, but in addition very accessible element! — by way of every part you would presumably must know. Fom what are the principles of a basketball recreation, anyway? To the place to purchase cute merch, the right way to watch video games, who’s all homosexual right here, and the queer politics of the league.

Kierstan Bell of the Las Vegas Aces posing together with her key to the town after the Aces turned nationwide champs final 12 months. (Picture by Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

See? What did I say? Extremely homosexual, insanely scorching.

What Are the Fundamental Targets to a Basketball Sport?

Okay so let’s begin with the fundamentals. Should you already know the basics of basketball — look away! This half isn’t for you. Be happy to skip down.

Now, for the remainder of us!! Basketball is a sport performed between two groups. The purpose could be very easy: Get the ball into the basket.

When it’s your flip to have the ball (that is referred to as offense) — each time the ball goes into the basket, your group will get two-three factors. If the opposite group has the ball, then your purpose is to cease them from getting the ball into the basket (that is referred to as protection). On the finish of the sport, the group with probably the most factors win.

Famously, Janelle Monáe messed this up whereas dressed as Lola Bunny from Area Jam whereas taking part in within the NBA All-Star recreation earlier this 12 months, which resulted in NBA Corridor of Famer (and Zaya Wade’s Dad) Dwyane Wade hilariously yelling to her “Janelle, we on offense!” And if you happen to assume I’ve video, you’re completely proper:

WNBA video games are cut up into 4 quarters, every quarter is 10 minutes lengthy. Meaning you’re about 40 minutes of direct recreation play (not together with the uncommon additional time), however with time outs, fouls, and a halftime break after the primary two quarters — it’s about two hours per recreation. However it can fly by!

Every recreation begins on the heart of the courtroom, also referred to as the half courtroom line. A ball is thrown up excessive by the referee and the group that catches the ball is the primary to be on offense (once more, making an attempt to get the ball within the baket). The opposite group is on protection (once more, making an attempt to cease the ball from moving into the basket).

There’s a sure period of time that the offensive group has to attempt to get the ball into the basket, in any other case often called “the ring” — in skilled sports activities that allowed time is understood by followers because the “shot clock,” and within the WNBA the shot clock is 30 seconds.

So, to recap: Your group has 30 second to get the ball within the hoop, and the opposite group will strive like hell to cease you. Should you get the ball into the ring, nice! You get some factors. However if you happen to don’t even make an try at getting mentioned ball into mentioned hoop earlier than the 30 seconds are over, then the opposite routinely group will get the ball. Meaning they’re now on offense and can now attempt to get the ball into their very own hoop, you’re now on protection and it’s your job to cease them.

In skilled sports activities, the basket is 10 toes above floor, which could be very excessive! Gotta have top or hops (the flexibility to leap excessive) to play this recreation. After the ball has been shot (thrown into the air), regardless of if it truly goes within the hoop or not… properly, because the saying goes “what goes up should come down.” And everybody will combat to get the ball on its method again to earth.

Whichever group that will get the ball is now on offense, that is referred to as a rebound.

(And sure, for my technique heads within the viewers, this additionally implies that your group may catch their very own rebound, thus extending their shot clock one other 30 seconds.)

OK! These are fundamentals of the right way to play the sport. Basket, offense, protection, rebound, and two-three factors. To this point, so good?

Let’s speak concerning the precisely the place this recreation is performed!

What Is the Fundamental Structure of a WNBA Courtroom?

I made this for you since you’re nice.

I’m glad you requested! For our 101 functions, the fundamental structure of a WNBA courtroom is actually the identical as every other full-sized basketball courtroom.

First, you’ll have a basket, 10 toes excessive, on either side of the courtroom.

Then, shall be a middle courtroom, in any other case often called the half courtroom line. That is the place groups meet originally of the sport and likewise designates the midway level from one group’s “aspect” of the courtroom verses the opposite. When a group switches from protection to offense, they need to get the ball again to their aspect of the courtroom (and rapidly!) to get the ball into their very own basket, and vice versa.

Surrounding the basket there are two completely different strains drawn on the ground that it’s best to take note of. The primary is a semi-circle drawn about 22 toes away from the basket, that’s the three level line. Any baskets made (ie/photographs of the ball efficiently going into the basket) at this line, or past it, is value three factors. Any baskets made inside that line is value two factors.

The second line to concentrate to is known as the free throw line. The free throw line is a straight line, roughly 15 toes away from the basket. If a somebody “fouls” a participant whereas they had been making a shot (which means somebody broke a rule in defending a participant whereas that participant was trying to shoot a basket), then the sport pauses. That participant who was fouled now will get to shoot two-three “free baskets” from the free throw line, with out anybody defending them or inflicting a ruckus. As soon as that’s over, the sport resumes once more.

Okay so we now have the principles of the sport coated, and we’ve talked concerning the courtroom, we’re nearly on the end line, however there’s yet another key piece. What concerning the gamers themselves?

What Are the Positions on a Basketball Staff?

Every of the 2 basketball groups could have 5 gamers on the courtroom. Moreover, every group can have extra reserve gamers on the bench who might be subbed into the sport at any level. The WNBA permits every group a most of 12 gamers (so 5 on the courtroom, seven on the bench), although in actuality as a consequence of wage caps and monetary restrictions most groups have roughly 11.

I drew this for you! However in actual life these x’s will transfer, for they are going to be truly alive folks and never a drawing.

The “beginning 5” of a basketball recreation are typically thought of to be the group’s finest gamers in every place, and infrequently the group leaders, although once more — folks might be switched or subbed in at any second, and a few groups mess around with their beginning 5 to satisfy their wants on any given night time. So what are these 5 positions?

** all images beneath are of well-known lesbian, queer, or bisexual WNBA gamers, in case that didn’t really feel clear to you!! **

Brittney Griner is a Middle. (Picture by Christian Petersen/Getty Pictures)

The Middle is often the tallest participant on every group, and also you’ll more than likely discover them close to the basket. On offense, the middle tries to make use of their top to make shut photographs (referred to as layups) and likewise to assist their group hold their very own rebounds. When on protection, the middle makes use of their top and power to dam opponents’ photographs and rebound their opponents’ missed baskets earlier than anybody else can.

Candace Parker is a Ahead. (Picture by Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

The Energy Ahead does loads of the identical issues you could anticipate from a middle; you’ll most frequently discover them beneath a basket, rebounding and defending in opposition to the taller gamers of the alternative group. However an influence ahead often takes longer/farther away photographs than a middle.

DeWanna Bonner and Elena Delle Donne are each Small Forwards. (Photographs by Michael Reaves/Getty Pictures and Steph Chambers/Getty Pictures, respectively.)

The Small Ahead performs in opposition to all gamers, small and huge. They will rating from lengthy distance or shut distance. They roam everywhere in the courtroom and they’re typically additionally known as “wings.” Isn’t that cute?

Diana Taurasi (left) and Seimone Augustus (proper, now retired) are each Capturing Guards. (Photographs by Steph Chambers/Getty Pictures and Tim Clayton/Corbis by way of Getty Pictures, respectively)

The Capturing Guard is often the group’s finest shooter. An murderer, if you’ll. They will make photographs from an extended distance, shut up, no matter is required.

Sue Hen (left, now retired) and Chelsea Grey (proper, final 12 months’s Finals MVP) are each Level Guards. (Photographs by Steph Chambers/Getty Picture and Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures, respectively)

The Level Guard (you’ll additionally see this written by followers as “Level Gawd” as in Level God) is the participant with imaginative and prescient on the courtroom to see all of the performs in movement, and open up alternatives for his or her teammates. The ball most frequently goes by way of them, and when switching from protection to offense, they’re typically the participant who brings the ball up the courtroom. They’re often the group’s finest passer and one in all their finest shooters.

All of that mentioned, it needs to be famous that the WNBA particularly might be fairly position-less! By which I imply, gamers will typically match into the slots as wanted (so don’t fear an excessive amount of concerning the positions), all with the identical final purpose of… say it with me now… getting the ball into the basket!

WHEW! And there you’ve it! The fundamentals of basketball! Now let’s speak extra about The W.

What WNBA Groups Ought to I Root For?

There are 12 WNBA Groups complete, six within the Japanese Convention and 6 within the West. I thought of making a team-by-team breakdown of the professionals/cons of changing into a fan of every particular group, however then this tweet thread by Robocoko got here throughout my timeline and I’ll by no means do higher.

“No stats, Simply vibes.”

If you’re avoiding Twitter, Robocoko additionally made a full website version of the identical good checklist, no tweets concerned!

(I wish to argue in opposition to my Aces being the league villains, however alas, I can not 😞)

OK However — I Solely Need To Know Which WNBA Staff Is the Gayest (And Fulfill My Thirst)

Final season, roughly 20% (yes, 20%!!) of the WNBA had been publicly out athletes. That’s one in 5 gamers — which possible makes it, statistically talking, the gayest skilled sports activities league on the planet.

This 12 months, Autostraddle analysis has us clocked out at 34 homosexual gamers out of 144 complete gamers within the league — or almost 25% of your entire league!!  We simply up to date our  annual checklist of all of the homosexual gamers within the WNBA you could additionally comply with on Instagram for… properly, why. You don’t want me to inform you. We’re all grown right here.

35 Homosexual WNBA Gamers to Observe and Thirst After on Instagram This Season

How Lengthy Is the WNBA Season?

WNBA seasons sometimes run concerning the size of Summer season, from late Spring into mid-Fall.

The 2023 WNBA regular-season schedule could have record-high 40 video games per group! That’s a 4 recreation enhance from the earlier record-high of 36 video games, which occurred simply final season. The league is rising, you hear me!?!?

The 2023 season unofficially kicked off with the WNBA Draft, which occurred final month (and sure, I coated the butch trend). However as , this weekend formally begins the WNBA season.

Listed below are the all WNBA video games throughout opening weekend:

Friday, Could 19 2023

  • Connecticut Solar at Indiana Fever (7 p.m.)
  • New York Liberty at Washington Mystics (7 p.m.)
  • Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx (8 p.m.)
  • Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks (11 p.m.)

Saturday, Could 20 2023

  • Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings (1 p.m.) ** watch on ABC
  • Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm (3 p.m.) ** watch on ABC

Sunday, Could 21 2023

  • Washington Mystics at Connecticut Solar (1 p.m)
  • Indiana Fever at New York Liberty (2 p.m.) ** watch on Twitter
  • Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury (4 p.m.) ** Brittney Griner’s first dwelling recreation in Phoenix, watch on ESPN

The WNBA All-Star Sport shall be performed roughly midway by way of the season, on July fifteenth. It will likely be in Las Vegas, a super setting for harmless thirst and throughout homosexual messiness.

There’s a particular mini-tournament that occurs throughout the season referred to as the Commissioner’s Cup. This occurs from Friday Could nineteenth by way of Wednesday July twelfth. Mainly, the match tracks every group’s dwelling and away “in convention” video games (so East taking part in in opposition to East, and West taking part in in opposition to West). The groups with the highest information in these video games advance to play within the Commissioner’s Cup championship, and the groups who play in that championship recreation get prize cash for each their groups and likewise neighborhood organizations of their selecting. The Commissioner’s Cup championship recreation shall be Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The 2023 WNBA playoffs will start Wednesday, Sept. 13 and proceed by way of October. The final attainable date for the WNBA finals is Friday, Oct. 20.

The place Can I Watch WNBA Video games on TV and Streaming?

There’s no getting round it — watching WNBA video games on TV might be one of many trickiest elements of moving into league as a fan. Actually, when NCAA school athletes had been requested how many WNBA games they watched, a stunning 26% of them mentioned they solely watch between two to 6 video games per 12 months! With 13% not watching any video games in any respect, and eight% saying they solely watch the playoffs. Of the gamers who don’t watch recurrently,  a main cause given was that they fairly actually they didn’t know the place to tune in.

However, the league is doing higher about this!

This 12 months, yow will discover nationally televised WNBA video games on all of the ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN+), as properly on ABC, CBS, the CBS Sports activities Community, Paramount+, Prime Video, and NBA TV. A enjoyable truth is you could additionally watch WNBA video games on social media like Twitter. The league additionally struck a cope with the ION to run weekly video games on Fridays. Right here is a full broadcast schedule of all 40 video games.

I do know that’s loads of platforms to maintain monitor of! I set my Hulu Stay account (since I don’t have cable) to file all of the video games accessible for my favourite groups, and work backwards from there. You are able to do the identical factor utilizing your DVR if you happen to nonetheless have a cable field.

Should you’d like a broadcast schedule for the WNBA video games on ESPN and ABC, I have that for you here.

Who Ought to I Observe for Extra WNBA Content material On-line?

Slowly falling into girls’s sports activities fandom on-line has been one in all my biggest presents of the final two years. Issues that I love: girls kicking ass, good and humorous folks speaking about girls kicking ass.

With that in thoughts, might I like to recommend:

WNBA on Twitter

  • Ari Chambers, founding father of HighlightHER (extra on them beneath) and creator of the notorious meme “the WNBA is so necessary” — you’ll see it repeated so much in fandom areas
  • Particular person gamers (Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson has made my days higher, woman is hilarious)
  • Staff Autostraddle, after all! Natalie, Heather, and Nic will get you proper.

WNBA on Instagram

Additionally, particular person gamers — particularly the Gen Z gamers — all have TikToks, which might be very cute! Listed below are two rookies from the Indiana Fever, together with #1 draft decide Aliyah Boston, goofing off of their new uniforms with vet Erica Wheeler (who possibly you heard simply bought homosexual engaged and made sure members of the Autostraddle group full-on sob):


Media day😍😍 @Victaria Saxton #wnba #fypage #viralvideo #aliyahboston #dancechallenge

♬ SPENCE VERSE GET DOWN ON IT – Phillygoatspence🐐

The place to Purchase the Hottest WNBA Merch

Four WNBA T-Shirts (Vintage Detroit Shock, NY Liberty, "Watch More Women's Basketball," and 2022 WNBA Champs) and an orange WNBA Hoodie.

Prime Row, Left to Proper: Detroit Shock Vintage Tee ($34, xs-3xl), NY Liberty Tee ($32, s-3xl)
Backside Row, Left to Proper: Watch More Women’s Basketball Tee ($32, s-3xl), WNBA Orange Logo Hoodie ($70, s-3xl), Aces 2022 WNBA Champs Tee ($50, s-2xl)

The day that I found Playa Society, it was over for my checking account. Black woman-owned and designed, Playa Society does (typically restricted version) up to date takes on ’90s model sports activities gear and I’ve at least three shirts already in my private assortment.

Homage shirts are a few of the softest that may ever contact your physique, they usually have brand gear for each the present 12 groups within the league together with classic brand tees of WNBA groups previous, if you happen to wanna stand out.

BreakingT has the formally licensed attire for the Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation (the gamers union, which was instrumental, amongst different issues, within the #WeAreBG marketing campaign final 12 months to convey Brittney Griner dwelling).

And hear, I haven’t labored my method as much as the iconic orange WNBA hoodie — however it’s a traditional. There’s a cause it sells out each time the league restocks it.

Politics and Key Discourse Surrounding the WNBA

WNBA Players all wear Brittney Griner's #42 jersey during 2023 All Star game in protest.

Gamers through the 2022 WNBA All Star recreation put on Brittney Griners’ #42 jersey in solidarity and protest whereas she was wrongfully detained in Russia. Picture by Stacy Revere/Getty Pictures

Certainly one of biggest issues that units the WNBA other than different skilled sports activities leagues is that it’s immensely political. Throughout 2020, the WNBA had been essential leaders in bringing discussions of Black Lives Matter onto the courts — leading the way for the NBA to comply with swimsuit. The league had a very prickly relationship with homosexual followers (and gamers) in its early years, however now hosts a few of the most sturdy Pleasure packages on any its friends in males’s or girls’s sports activities. When the Atlanta Dream had been owned by a Trump-supporting Republican, Kelly Loeffler, they protested their own owner and supported her opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock (who finally received the seat) within the 2020 Georgia Senate race, finally inflicting her to sell the team! She bought them to a neighborhood actual property group together with Renee Montgomery, a Black former participant on the Dream herself who had sat out the 2020 season to give attention to her activism.

And naturally, the WNBA gamers’ union was unrelenting and decided of their messaging final summer season to keep Brittney Griner’s name in headlines and keep pressure on the Biden Administration to convey her dwelling. Their affect couldn’t be overstated.

Watching WNBA video games are by no means simply concerning the video games themselves, however it’s additionally concerning the conversations which can be embedded across the video games. With that in thoughts, right here’s a few of what individuals are speaking about proper now:

+ Increase the League! This a typical chorus within the weeks between the WNBA Draft and Opening Weekend, through the coaching camp interval the place gamers are sometimes minimize as a consequence of, amongst different causes, a literal lack of accessible spots. This 12 months only 42% (15/36) of 2023 WNBA draft picks are on rosters for the season tip off — and last year was not any better! The league can not develop with out area to let younger (and infrequently, fashionable! Recent from massive school fanbases!) gamers develop. However we are able to’t develop the league with out additionally increasing its viewers, which is tied to so much sexism and capitalism and that’s additionally why you’re right here right now! To turn out to be a part of that new viewers, in order that we are able to develop this league!!

+ Equal entry to pay and amenities. That is positively tied to the purpose above (see: capitalism and sexism), however a undeniable fact that stuns loads of informal watchers is that it was solely this 12 months — 27 years within the making — earlier than a single WNBA group, the Las Vegas Aces, had a standalone practice facility to call their own. Actually, WNBA famous person Candace Parker (who’s homosexual, only a enjoyable lil reminder that I prefer to level out the gays!) mentioned that in her whole multi-decade profession she had never even had a permanent locker to call her own! Which was a deciding consider her choice to signal with the Aces this 12 months. Breanna Stewart (additionally homosexual) made the ability to fly on chartered flights between games a central issue in her low season free company earlier than signing with the New York Liberty. The league is bettering on this, however the truth that the WNBA expects gamers to fly business, and cope with the stress it causes on their our bodies, shocked their peers in the NBA. As a result of, frankly, it’s crap!

+ Inequity in media protection between Black gamers and white gamers. A University of Massachusetts Amherst study on the 2020 season discovered that Black gamers obtain roughly half the play in media mentions as their white friends. After studying greater than 550 articles concerning the WNBA posted on ESPN, CBS Sports activities and Sports activities Illustrated’s web site, the researchers found there was an “common 52 media mentions for Black gamers, in comparison with 118 for white gamers.”

And I’d prefer to level out, as has New York Liberty’s Jonquel Jones, that these numbers are compounded additional once we are speaking about homosexual and masc gamers — although, as a majority Black league that’s additionally almost 1 / 4 homosexual — Black homosexual gamers make up the spine of the WNBA!

(A’ja Wilson’s not homosexual, she’s simply enjoyable. However the level stays!)

+ Brittney Griner and others who’re wrongfully detained. Now that she’s dwelling safely, Brittney Griner, her spouse Cherelle, and her group the Phoenix Mercury shall be partnering with the Bring Our Families Home campaign this season to assist others who’re nonetheless being wrongfully detained in Russia and throughout different nations, together with sponsoring letter campaigns (BG credit letters written to her as serving to to maintain her power and sanity, to recollect she wasn’t alone) and different advocacy avenues utilizing her now very public platform. She’s additionally engaged on a memoir about her personal wrongful detainment, the place it’s anticipated she is going to converse extra explicitly about gender pay gaps, a key cause that she cites for taking part in Russia within the first place.

+ Rights of gamers within the office. Through the offseason, Dearica Hamby was traded from the Las Vegas Aces to the LA Sparks. Hamby asserted that she was being traded as a consequence of being pregnant, on high of quite a lot of different violations together with being improperly spoken to about her being pregnant. On the behest of the gamers’ union, the WNBA launched an investigation to Hamby’s claims and earlier this week the findings of that report had been launched, together with the Aces shedding a future first spherical draft decide and a two-game suspension without pay for Aces coach Becky Hammon. Some have questioned the transparency of this process and that report, although the overwhelming majority are additionally in assist of Hamby — who performed her first recreation as a Spark final night time, simply seven weeks after giving delivery.

Have you learnt the place you’ll be able to sustain with all of those conversations? Proper right here at Autostraddle! We shall be having a weekly WNBA column, written by Natalie and Heather! You’ll be able to learn the primary installment the place they speak about BG, Becky Hammon, and extra.

We Maintain These Truths to Be Self-Evident

+ In this home, we respect Black tradition and the influence that Black gamers have had on the league and basketball general.

+ We’re glad and grateful each day that BG is dwelling secure and properly (however you’re nonetheless allowed to root in opposition to the Phoenix Mercury when you’ve got a pre-standing grudge or rivalry agains the group, it is just truthful.)

+ “You’ll be able to’t win a championship with out gays in your group. It’s by no means been completed earlier than, ever. That’s science, proper there.”  — that’s word to Megan Rapinoe

+ We pay respect to Lisa Leslie, Daybreak Staley, Cheryl Miller (who by no means performed within the league), Sheryl Swoops, Rebecca Lobo, and so many extra made to the ladies’s basketball, typically with little-to-no pay, in order that the WNBA may nonetheless be right here 27 years later.

+ Trans and gender nonconforming gamers have a spot on this recreation — and all video games, however proper now we’re speaking about The W.

And if All Else Fails… Right here’s What to Yell Throughout a Basketball Sport When You Have No Thought What’s Going On

A distraught women praying during a sports ball game, collaged on top of a leather orange pattern like a basketball.

Picture by FG Commerce. Artwork by Autostraddle.

You’re gonna need to impress that scorching date by some means. Or possibly you’d merely choose a cheat sheet somewhat than studying this whole article. Both method, I’m right here to assist.


That is tried and true, use it every time the group you’re rooting for is on protection. I included the sprint mark so that you simply get the best emphasis.

“And One!”

Yell this when a participant will get fouled, however they nonetheless make the shot. Which means they may get an additional foul shot anyway, therefore “and one!”


That is for when a shot is missed, particularly by a participant you don’t like. For additional bonus factors you too can preemptively yell it when a participant don’t like is mid-shot (thus, encouraging them to make a brick) — however I like to recommend doing that sparingly, otherwise you may begin annoying whomever is watching the sport with you.


That is the alternative of a brick. Yell this when a shot goes by way of the basket, particularly by a participant you do like.

“She simply broke her ankles!”

You need to watch carefully for this one, however if you happen to pull it off you’ll look so cool. When a participant does a crossover (strikes the ball from one aspect to the opposite) in a short time and pivots in a brand new path, the participant that’s defending her will stumble whereas making an attempt to maintain up. It can appear to be she’s misplaced her steadiness or is caught in place, actually as if her ankles are going within the unsuitable path from the remainder of her physique. Due to this fact, “she simply broke her ankles!”

“Oooh, okay okay! They’re getting boards!”

Boards are rebounds. Say this when a group is getting loads of them and everybody will assume what you’re speaking about.

“From downtowwwnnn!”

Downtown is a 3 level shot, the farther away the higher.

“Field Out!”

In basketball, to “field out” is to get beneath the basket and maintain your individual/defend your area, thus “boxing out” one other participant and growing your probability of grabbing the rebound in your group. Should you see a cluster of gamers beneath the basket, it’s a good time to yell it.

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