Well, for a start, it appears the internet is as confused by the whole process as I am. Wikipedia is quite happy to call it a ‘layup’ (no space), whilst basketball fundamentals are adamant on the gap, and lay-ups.com is totally down for a hyphen. I swear there ought to be a *slaps face* emoji. Anyway, as I dunk the last chocolate digestive into my extremely over-brewed tea at 10:30am on a Sunday morning (yes, it’s been a loooong week), I delve into the most accredited source, Wikipedia.  

The Layup/Lay Up/Lay-Up?

I find it way too amusing that each site manages to implement the term ‘leaping from below’ when describing this shot, I mean ‘jump’ would be more than acceptable, but leap, come on. If you aren’t thinking of a NatGeo wildlife program right now, please reassess your thought pattern.

Trying to compose myself, I read on… the worst thing I could have done. Spit-take doesn’t even come close to what happened with my tea in the proceeding minutes.

–It’s a two-pointer attempt, most basic shot and you categorically must not, under any circumstances, “hold hands”. Wait, what? Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I really don’t think that’s what’s going through anybody’s mind at this pivotal point in a game. Anywayyy, the opponent will shoot, and the defender will, well, defend. BUT the defender cannot jump in front of you ‘out of nowhere’… I don’t know about you, but I have yet to watch a game were defenders are just falling out of the frickin’ sky! Wikipedia’s wording is in dire need of revising, for the sake of humanities laughing cramps.

To finish off this delightful crash course, I became skilled in the art of stellar defence. Wait for it… The defender simply stands in front of the opponent ‘with their arms up’. WOW. It truly amazes me how Wikipedia can strip all credibility from this game in one foul swoop and yet provide the perfect description for players worldwide on how to make the most of the perfect layup. Now guys, I truly hope you’re reading this and have learnt as much as I have. I expect NO hand holding, NO magical appearances and NO arms by your sides, okay?

Barons star layuppers (it’s a word): So, on your highlight screens you gotta look out for #8 (Olasewere) and #10 (Thomas). I think the moments they decide to fly full force through the air, defying the very principle of gravity, constitutes a layup.

The rebound… oh no, where is this going to lead?

I was going to utilise all my sources on this one, but alas, the intrigue of what Wikipedia had to say on the matter proved too tempting.

–So, interesting fact, a rebound can also be termed a ‘board’ and is awarded when a player retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. The ball can be intercepted by either offensive or defensive players and is the point in a game where most change-overs occur.

Ah Ha! I thought I got it, then came the ‘types of rebound’ section. They have types? I thought it was, ball in the air, Chim jumps up, Barons win… (Shout out to our top rebounder right here!! #4). Let’s break it down then:

  • Offensive rebounds- recovered by the offensive side, providing an attempt to redeem themselves from the miss that likely just occurred.
  • Defensive rebounds – recovered by the defensive side. No redemption to be had by the offense. Shameful time. Simple.

Now it gets confusing. A rebound doesn’t actually have to ‘rebound’ off the basket’s rim to be considered a rebound. Whaaaat? This cannot happen. We were so close to having a solid foundation for rebounds and then my thoughts were thrown into the air again. To finish all the chaos off, this happens… ‘leaping ability’. Yep we have made a full circle, Wikipedia cannot help itself. A clear fetish for leaping rendered me unable to carry on for fear of my sanity, and I could no longer see the page for tears.

Thank you all for taking this insightful journey into two of the most common shots in the wonderful art that is basketball. I am still none the wiser, have tea down my jumper and cannot stop picturing deer when thinking of rebounds 😊

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