Basketball words

Key vocabulary from the sport of basketball.
definitions & notes only words
  1. backboard
    a board used to support the back of someone or something
  2. basket
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
  3. basketball
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  4. basketball court
    the court on which basketball is played
  5. basketball game
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  6. basketball hoop
    horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
  7. basketball league
    a league of basketball teams
  8. basketball team
    a team that plays basketball
  9. Bill Russell
    United States basketball center (born in 1934)
  10. dribble
    flowing in drops
  11. dribbling
    the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  12. dunk
    a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  13. foul
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
  14. foul line
    a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
  15. foul shot
    an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  16. free throw
    an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  17. guard
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
  18. hoops
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  19. James Naismith
    United States educator who invented the game of basketball
  20. Julius Erving
    United States basketball forward (born in 1950)
  21. jump shot
    a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
  22. man-to-man
    forthright and honest
  23. netball
    a team game that resembles basketball
  24. Oscar Robertson
    United States basketball guard (born in 1938)
  25. out-of-bounds
    outside the foul lines
  26. personal foul
    a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact
  27. professional basketball
    playing basketball for money
  28. rebound
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  29. set shot
    a two-handed basketball shot from a stationary position
  30. slam dunk
    a forceful dunk
  31. slam-dunk
    make a slam dunk; shoot a basketball in a slam dunk