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The Rules of Basket Ball’s Tuesday News and Views

If you’re here visiting us at 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.”

Sorry, Coach.

  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  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.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

47 responses to “The Rules of Basket Ball’s Tuesday News and Views”

  1. TJ

    This team needs to quit sucking…

  2. bill

    So these were the rules last time uofl or iu won a title? Also, to show how pathetic uofl fans are, why is one, especially a manager following doron lamb? Obsessed much?

  3. mike

    Why do people have to resort to personal attacks? I mean it’s okay to give others a little hell, but why resort to the immaturity of name-calling?

  4. O brother

    It is a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the KSR comment section

  5. blueaville

    #3 yep stupid comment. but remember the kid is probably 18 or 19 yrs old. i did ALOT more dumb things than that when i was that young.

  6. Syrin

    This team will not be a bubble team come March. Book it. We played within three on the home court of top ranked U of L, and stayed neck and neck with Duke. This team has too much talent, and it will show up eventually.

  7. Monty

    #2 kind of like someone (not saying it was Matt Jones) that’s a UK fan follows a student manager for a team that doesn’t exist? I’d say it is more logical for a young man to follow an NBA player (sorry, I meant D league bench warmer), so that argument is mute immediatly. Second, people in this comment section refer to cardinal fans as “tard” an “tardinal” fans and there is never any hell raised by any, let alone Matt or any other KSR staff, so that settles that as well.

  8. Monty No Logic

    #7–Firstly, I seriously doubt Matt is following a student manager. That’s not how Twitter works. Secondly, you’re glancing over a HUGE problem with your argument: people in the KSR comment section (or even Matt Jones, for that matter) DON’T WORK FOR THE UK BASKETBALL TEAM. The second you represent your university in an official capacity, you have to be a little smarter than calling high profile Twitter users “retard” on what is the most public social network. We’re not talking about Joe Sixpack fans here, we’re talking about an employee of the university. I used to be a student manager for a smaller Division 1 school and I can tell you unequivocally that coaches and administrators put a lot of trust in all the team representatives and they are (sadly) let down very frequently because 18 and 19 year old kids just don’t always care or think.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go read this overwhelmingly impressive list:

  9. Dr. Funke

    Speaking of triple doubles, rondo had his third of the season and 26th of his career today.


    Liggins recorded 40 minutes, 11 points, and 9 rebs. How is this not included in some sort of a roundup?? This is awesome!!!

  11. Monty

    #8 kind of like how those football players recently dismissed from the team represented UK right? Or how your coach represents your school but he has had two final fours vacated from his record? Oh right I know he had nothing to do with that though ;). We could talk about how a lot of people who represent UK or work there that have taken missteps. By the way, I can guarantee you Matt follows more UOfL news, blog, and info people than he would care to admit. The problem with Cats fans like Matt or you is that you pretend to not care at all about Louisville or IU and yet simply by characteriing yourself as different and above them you are showing how blatantly consumed with them you are. I think we can all agree that KSR mentions Louisville too much, in almost every post basically, and this stunt as well as the one Matt pulled with the early Quick commitment announcement tweet only display the obsession UK has with lil brother. How many media types do you see from the other side, hanging on every word, story, tweet etc.. so they can feed into the vitriol surrounding the UofL/UK rivalry? Granted I’m sure a lot do hang on to Calipari’s actions or word but that is because he is the most visible official at UK, the state university. Shall we talk about the shirts that Fan Outfitters has printed for UofL being ranked #1? So funny and pathetic! So funny in fact, because UK did the same thing a couple of years ago. the point being, this inconsequential bullshit happens everyday, some ppl just choose to ignore it or realize how dumb it is to propel it into the atmosphere. Matt and KSR choose to put it on their website.

  12. SuperCats

    Guys, the boys in blue are in
    real trouble…
    For whatever reason, Cal bombed
    with this recruiting class…
    I am not sure why, but it happened.

  13. Monty

    It’s elementary and can surely be talked about amongst your friends but this sort of thing deserves no mention on a blog supposedly about sports. Retard is an ill advised word to use, and I find it sickening. It is very disappointing for this young man to have used it in such a visible manner. But it is disgusting that he be dragged through the mud here.

  14. HAHA

    #11 we’re consumed? Hahahaha look who is commenting on his arch rivals website at 1 in the a.m. You are an idiot

  15. Monty Sucks

    Monty, you need to practice your argument crafting, pal.

  16. KY Fan

    I honestly do not want involved in the above conversation, but as a UK fan and friend of Kasey’s it is a shame that this has happened. Kasey’s twitter was set to private so only his followers could see it and any of his followers knew he liked UL and disliked UK…pretty simple. That tweet was not meant to be seen by anyone outside of his followers and especially all of BBN. He has since deleted his twitter account due to the backlash of the readers of this site. Matt, Drew, etc. have posted worse things for thousands of people to read yet when a college kid posts an anti-UK post to his few followers there is a major problem. Give the kid a break.

  17. Rae

    16. Works for the university. Not a regular fan. Huge difference. He probably didn’t realize by tweeting at a higher profile individual, his tweet would be seen. Still, UL’s PR department should do a better job of teaching professional Twitter.

    And 11, the key word there is dismissed. They failed to represent the university so they were let go. They messed up and paid the price.

  18. behind

    #10. Old news, on here last night and I think earlier today, keep up.

  19. theSkinny81

    11 – I should have bet money those first two lines were coming. That’s par for the course for UofLOL fans – finger crossed speculation when all other arguments fall through.

    My question is, after all you said in that long-winded comment….. why are YOU here?

    (Pro tip: if you follow DORON LAMB on Twitter, you can see when people re-Tweet him.)

    $50 says 16 is a UofL troll, too. Probably “Monty”. ‘KY Fan’ was the best you could do?

  20. behind

    Let the trolls troll, I’m sure Matt appreciates them… Cha-ching! Trolls put more money in his pocket than UK fans.

  21. soggyUKgrad

    #16…what difference does it make if his Twitter was set to “Private”?!?…he Tweeed at Doron Lamb!! If you want your socially insensitive rant to stay private, DON’T tweet it to NBA Players.

  22. Bigblue

    It does not matter if your account is set to private . If you think tweeting insults to nba players or anyone for that matter is a good idea…and that there is no risk for backlash…then you are naive. Kudos to ksr for exposing this guy…maybe he will think twice next time.

  23. fatcat

    We have nerlens and thats not enough to keep us out of the NIT!

  24. Cats#!t Crazy

    Front page article on about A.D. quietly exceeding expctations:

  25. Big Whoop

    Monty, Monty, Monty (sigh). Of course we care about UL. You’re part of the family and you provide a lot of entertainment for your big brother. As our little red headed brother, you’re always trying to achieve what your big brother has already achieved. What’s new to you, like being # 1 for the second time, is old hat for us and we find it amusing that it puffs you up so much. We also find it amusing that you believe you’re suddenly the better program because we are down this year. While we know we’ll be back next year, we take this season with a grain of salt while you exalts yourselves. Rather than coming over here to gloat about this season’s big brother misfortune, I suggest you spend your line getting that line bear just right and keep that flat bill ironed perfectly. It isn’t our fault that your coach once coached here and he still remains a sloppy second. Can I mention Karen Sypher? L1C4. Louisville 1 Cats 4. We all know how tough it is being a little brother. Heck, I am one myself so I understand.

  26. Big Whoop

    Why does this site drop letters when something is posted?

  27. Walter Sobchak

    16) Haha why would anyone “give the kid a break”?? He called someone he has never met (and never will meet) a “retard”. He is obviously a dick and incredibly stupid if he thought this would be “private”.

  28. DHo

    The 13 original rules of basketball…. as the founders intended

  29. VinDatUK

    #7: I’m still trying to figure out what a mute point.


    UT is a MUST win for this piss-poor UK team. UT is pathetic but we only beat a worse VANDY team by 2 and we’re LUCKY to escape with that win . . . The SEC is an embarrassment to college Basketball as reported by ESPN yesterday coming in NINTH in RPI Conference rankings…. NIT bound . . . Write it down folks . . . This team fits the SEC perfectly. IT SUCKS.

  31. Cc

    Spoken like a coach who doesn’t understand zone. Why did you run a 2-3 coach while they were shooting lights out & penetrating. A 2-3 is meant to guard the interior. Oh, they looked just as bad help side & rotating in the 2-3 as in man. Oh, no block out either. Noel is the only one going full speed. Maybe he needs to go to a zone clinic.

  32. Jarnell Stokes

    This is my year to win at Rupp! Cats goin down!

  33. Lol@LilBro

    30 yep, this team sucks…and your team but them by 1 bucket. wow, impressive.

  34. Lol@LilBro


  35. Master_Hash

    anyone know when college game day tickets will go on sale?

  36. plowboy

    why don’t you children who are making all of these snide remarks go play in the street for a while.You act like you’ve never had a good team before. Try growing up a little.

  37. Shapiro

    Hey Monty, what do you think about your boy Clint Hurt being one of the dirtiest coaches in college football? How much did he pay to get Teddy to come to UL?

  38. Stickman

    14.HAHA Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 12:47 am
    “#11 we’re consumed? Hahahaha look who is commenting on his arch rivals website at 1 in the a.m. You are an idiot”

    Also, this guy just stuffed you like Anthony Davis in a 2012 Final Four game against–that’s right–Loserville.

  39. Stickman

    Finally…. what is a “mute” argument? I’ll tell you what I wish it was. I wish it was the kind you had. A mute argument, where you can’t speak, and better yet, you lose your limited ability to type so I don’t have to read the idiocy that is your posting on this (or any) topic of interest.

  40. tangledupinblue

    I know Kasey Mcray . He is a little runny nose punk from Mercer County that got WAY more playing time than he deserved in High School because his mom was on the school board . He was one of those kids that, from the very beginning , his dad always coached the team he was on . He got to pitch and play shortstop in baseball , he got to play point guard in basketball and quarterback in football . Not because he was good but because his dad was coach . He and his family have always been diehard UK fans and he wanted to a manager at Kentucky but Cal didn’t have an opening so he goes to UofL and now they HATE UK .

  41. BNClay

    Cal can hate zone all day long. But he can not deny that it is an effective defense.

  42. BNClay

    Oh, and Naismith’s game would have been tough, 2 fouls and the other teams gets a power play, 3 fouls and the other teams gets a goal. Wiltjer would last about 2 minutes.

  43. rattled

    So now we are resorting to bring in the parents and trash them as well. Sounds like a someone is a little jealous. How bout you quit being a coward tangledupinblue and tell us who you are since you just gave out Kasey’s whole name.

  44. Warren

    I’m no genius but I’m pretty sure you can see the person’s full name in the tweet. And has anyone seen my baseball?

  45. Mrs. Lake

    Everyone quit talking about the Louisville Basketball Manager. He is a good guy who is just jealous of the UK basketball program.

  46. Mrs. Lake's Kid

    yeah guys leave the student manager alone. He used to come over to my house all the time and he’s a really cool dude.

  47. Mrs. Lake's Husband

    Kasey is a great guy, we would share everything together.