I have some random NBA questions
February 16, 2012 5:36 PM Subscribe
I watched my first NBA basketball game ever and I have some random questions.
posted by Sully to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So I watched the NY Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors Valentines' Day game because I was curious about Jeremy Lin and a bunch of random questions came to mind and I was hoping someone might be able to answer them. (Please keep in mind that I am a hockey & MMA fan, so I have a large understanding of how the game works, but no knowledge of the makeup of NBA teams or the general NBA landscape.)
(A) Are the NY Knicks a good team? Are they expected to make the playoffs? Do they tend to?
(B) I am a hockey fan and in that sport, each team can only call one time out. But in basketball, I noticed that they called time out a lot. How many time outs can teams call?
(C) The two Point Guards tended to be "smaller" men. Are they usually?
(D) One of the players wore goggles. Why? How many players in the league wear goggles?
(E) I noticed that thumping music was playing DURING the play. Is that usual? In hockey, the music stops as soon as the puck is dropped. Or, it crossed my mind that maybe only the television audience could hear the music. What is the truth?
(F) The "three-pointer" seems to be a very effective way to score points. Why do teams not just go for three-pointers all the time? Is there a team that consistently just snipes from the edge?
(G) The great hype about Jeremy Lin is what caused me to watch the game. The ensuing game itself seemed to bear that out - but has there been this amount of attention paid to a NBA newcomer in the past who turned out to be a flash in the pan?