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Dead Ball
Any ball that is not live; occurs after each successful field goal or free-throw attempt, after any official's whistle or if the ball leaves the court; it stops play which is then resumed by a jump ball, throw-in or free-throw.
Dead-Ball Foul
A foul committed while the clock is stopped and the ball is not in play.
The act of preventing the offense from scoring; the team without the ball.
Defensive Board
1) The backboard behind the basket a team is defending. 2) A defensive rebound.
Defensive Rebound
A rebound by a player on defense.
Deny the Ball
Prevent an opponent from getting the ball by guarding him closely and staying between him and the player in possession of the ball.
A defense in which four players form into a diamond shape, one on each side of the line, one near the basket, and one near the free throw, while the fifth defender covers an opponent one on one.
Division Line
See center line.
Double Dribble
A violation in which a player resumes dribbling after having stopped a dribble series, or dribbles the ball with both hands simultaneously.
Double Foul
The situation in which opponents commit simultaneous fouls against one another. A jump ball is held between the two players. Compare false double foul; multiple foul.
Double Post
An offensive set-up in which two players, typically the center and the power forward, are in post positions. They usually start in low post positions, one on each side of the basket, with one of them sometimes coming out to the high post as the ball moves around.
Double Pump
Two fake shots in rapid succession. Also used as a verb.
Double Team
To guard one opponent with two defenders. Also used as a noun.
The defensive tactic of two players guarding one.
From the backcourt toward the frontcourt, or toward the basket at which the team is shooting.
Downcourt or Down the Court
The direction a team on offense moves, from its backcourt into its frontcourt and towards its own basket.
Far from the basket, often synonymous with beyond the three-point arc.
The method by which NBA teams annually select college or foreign players to their teams, designed to promote balanced competition in the NBA.
Dream Team
The name given by the media to the U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; it was the first time non-amateurs were permitted to represent the country; the members of this team were Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton.
Dream Team Ii
The name given by the media to the U.S. team that won the 1994 FIBA World Cup in Toronto, Canada; its members were Derrick Coleman, Joe Dumars, Tim Hardaway, Larry Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Price, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas and Dominique Wilkins.
To bounce the ball repeatedly with one hand, while moving or standing still. As a noun, the act of dribbling. See also carry the ball; double dribble; traveling.
Dribble or Dribbling
When a player repeatedly pushes, pats, taps or bats the ball toward the floor with one hand to cause the ball to bounce back up to either of his hands; used to advance the ball or keep control of it.
Dribble Series
Any number of consecutive dribbles. A dribble series ends when the player allows the ball to rest in one or both hands or loses control of the ball. A player is allowed only one dribble series before passing or shooting.
An aggressive move toward the basket with the ball. As a verb, to make a drive.
Drive to the Basket
To move rapidly with purpose and authority toward the basket with the ball with the intention of scoring.
Drop Step
A move on which a player, back to the basket, takes a step back on the side of a defender behind him, then turns and drives past him on that side.
When a player close to the basket jumps and strongly throws the ball down into it; an athletic, creative shot used to intimidate opponents.
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