If you’re here visiting us at KentuckySportsRadio.com this evening/morning, which you obviously are, I’d be willing to bet you’re a fan of the game of basketball. I’m no psychic, but I have it on good authority that you enjoy watching the game James Naismith designed. Am I right? If so, boy, do I have a treat for you.
On January 15 in the year of 1892, Dr. Naismith published the 13 original rules of “Basket Ball” in The Triangle, Springfield College’s student newspaper. He had invented the game a month earlier as a way to provide an athletic distraction to entertain his rowdy class indoors during the winter. Naismith analyzed the most popular sports of that era and used aspects from each game to create Basket Ball. Since he was asked by administration that the game not be too rough, Naismith decided passing was important to limit physical contact and he placed the goal high above the participants’ heads to reduce body contact by eliminating the need for a goalie.
The original rules of the game were quite different than the ones we’re familiar with today, as you can see below. There was no dribbling, dunking, goaltending, three-pointers, or shot clock, and players were free from distraction by outside interference, like greed-driven money handlers and Kardashian sisters.
The 13 Original Rules of Basket Ball
1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but never with the fist.
3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man running at good speed.
4. The ball must be held by the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding it.
5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul; the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game. No substitution shall be allowed.
6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violations of Rules 3 and 4 and such as described in Rule 5.
7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count as a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).
8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do no touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.
9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field and played by the first person touching it. In case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.
10. The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.
11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals, with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.
12. The time shall be two fifteen-minute halves, with five minutes rest between.
13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner.
Kansas University is currently in the process of constructing a new building to house the original handwritten rules of the game, which were purchased for $4.3 million by a university donor in an auction two years ago. Naismith, of course, coached at Kansas from 1898-1907, and somehow managed to produce a losing record with the Jayhawks in the game he invented. That’s like George Foreman complaining a greasy hamburger or Facebook deactivating Mark Zuckerberg’s account for spam. It shouldn’t happen.
Now, on the anniversary of the rules of the game, let’s discuss University of Kentucky basketball team and what needs to improve for Tuesday night’s game against Tennessee.
John Calipari met with the local media on Monday, as standard for the afternoon before a gameday, and he’s still talking about getting his players to buy in to the system. Kentucky is now 15 games into the season and the players have yet to get on the same page, at least not the way Coach Cal wants them to be. He’s still working to get his players to trust each other more and commit to playing team basketball. They continue to have too many breakdowns, offensively and defensively, because not everyone is in sync. Now is the time for them to start being their brother’s keeper or plan on being their brother’s teammate in the NIT Tournament.
One of the obvious missing pieces from this squad is a lockdown defender, like Calipari has had in the past in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and DeAndre Liggins. Calipari acknowledged that went asked about the differences with this team, but said this group is unique with its length. “This team doesn’t have the stopper that those other teams have had, one guy to just go guard somebody,” he said on Monday. “But this team has some things that those other teams didn’t have. I‘ve never had a team this long. We’re an attacking team, which is pretty good, but those two areas: when a team gets on a run and you don’t have a guy that just says, ‘let me guard him.’ That’s the difference. The emotional guy, ‘Let’s go, let’s stop this. That’s enough.’ Those are developing things within this team and that happens over time.” He’s still confident that guy will emerge over time. He said it doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen in one game.
Kentucky opened as a 14-point favorite over the Vols. Let me be the first to tell you that’s too high.
Is it finally time for John Calipari to embrace the zone defense? No? Okay. Disregard that. He’s still against it.
“I hate zone,” he said on Monday. “I hate it. I think what you do is you guard man-to-man and you sprinkle it in. I know there are teams that play solely zone, that’s what they play. We’ve won a lot of games, a lot of league championships, a lot of league tournament championships, a lot of NCAA games, playing man. I know that’s the best way to do it. But, I also know, more than anything else, I want this team to have a chance to win so I’ve got to look at everything and say how and be honest about it and not worry about me because it’s not about me, this is about this team.”
Louisville, Indiana and Duke are the top three teams in the country. I suppose this is what everyone meant when they said it would be a down year for college basketball.
As Matt reported earlier, Marcus McWilson is considering a visit to Kentucky this weekend. The current Nebraska commit is the No. 16 cornerback in the country, according to Rivals.com. The Wildcats are in pretty good shape to steal a signature, considering McWilson is from Cardinal Mooney High School in Ohio and new UK assistant Vincent Marrow was the lead recruiter for McWilson at Nebraska. Those are two solid connections to the Kentucky staff.
Neal Brown paid an in-home visit to Asiantii Woulard on Monday. Woulard was among the 18 football visitors over the weekend, but Brown took the opportunity to continue his pitch to the dual-threat quarterback at his home in Winter Park, Florida. Woulard likes the potential for success in Brown’s air raid offense and the Kentucky staff has made it clear that Woulard will compete for the starting job right away. I think if they can get a commitment soon, other recruits, like Ra’shaad Samples, will be more likely to pick the Cats. Woulard will visit Clemson this weekend.
Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher will also receive an in-home visit from Kentucky this week. Mark Stoops and his staff made a good impression on Hatcher over the weekend and they’re not going to let Hatcher’s commitment to USC keep them from applying the full court press. If they can flip Hatcher’s decision, it would be an enormous move for Kentucky football. Don’t give up on him yet, folks.
Ryan Timmons will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Come on down?
I know of at least one Louisville basketball manager who is still bitter over last year’s Final Four:
That wasn’t the best word to use when throwing an insult to Doron Lamb.
Eric Prisbell of USA Today doesn’t love Kentucky’s chances of making the 2013 NCAA Tournament:
Even if the Wildcats avoid stumbling against some of the SEC’s worst — looking at you, Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia — then they will need to pick off a couple legitimate top 50 wins, meaning Missouri and/or Florida. Right now it has no top-50 wins and good luck finding more than a few in the nation’s seventh-best conference.
Ugh. I’m not ready for three months of Bubble Watch.
In NBA news, the Washington Wizards are 2-0 with John Wall back in the lineup. Washington beat Orlando by 29 Monday night. #KentuckyEffect
Boogie Triple-Double Watch: Cousins has 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists at the half. No fouls.