So you think you know basketball ? !!
Here is a unusual quiz for you. Answer these two questions if you can .
1. How many total miles do the players of a team run in the course of a basketball game ?
2. Who runs the most ? Guards ? Forwards? or the Center ? Arrange them in increasing order.
To make things a little easier for you , the standard dimensions of a basketball court are 94 feet x 50 feet.
In a book ” The World’s Strangest Basketball Stories ” by Bart Rockwell , I came across a story about Ben Peck , the basketball coach at Middlebury College , Vermont.He once strapped pedometers on his players to find out how much ground they covered in the course of a game . At the end of the game , he discovered his team had covered almost 25 miles.
The real surprise was the answer to the second question .
Mindful of the guards are the ones who bring the ball up the court and chase the opposing team’s guards, I thought that they would be the ones who ran the most , with forwards next and the center last. My order was Center < Forward < Guard.
I was wrong .
The correct order, supposedly, is Guard < Center < Forward. The guards ran just over 2 – 1/2 miles each , the center a little over 4 miles and the forwards over 5 miles each. The explanation given is that the guards seldom run all the way up and down the court, whereas the others do.
I used the word ‘ supposedly” because the numbers don’t add up. If you add up the individual distances , it comes to only 19 miles . If the other 6 miles were logged by the reserves , then they should have been apportioned between the players by position. If that been the case , I think my answer would have been nearer the mark. The reason : The center may run from one end to the other but he is relatively stationary once he parks himself in his assigned place . The small forward may ( sometimes) chase his man around the periphery but the strong forward usually stays close to the basket to help the center box out and rebound. It is the guards who dribble the ball searching for an opening and who drive to the basket . On defense , it is they who are in constant motion trying to keep in front of the ball carrier and deny him a clear path to the basket.
No. I think , unless you can find some holes in this reasoning , I’m going to adjudge myself the winner.