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Watch an NBA player dunk a basketball and it can look like, well, magic. But the sport is actually "math and science in motion," to quote Magic Johnson.

Find out how excelling in math propelled the career of this five-time NBA Champion. Explore the physics of the swish...and the chest pass. And calculate how to improve your own game.

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Basketball Physics: Where Does a Bouncing Ball’s Energy Go?

Basketball Physics: Where Does a Bouncing Ball’s Energy Go?

With each bounce, energy is transferred from the basketball. Find out where exactly that energy goes with this hands-on activity. More...

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Science Buddies
Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Physics of Basketball

Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Physics of Basketball

What creates the "floating illusion of hangtime?" Why does a basketball feel lighter than it really is? And what does Galileo's ship have to do with layups? Basketball physics for the assist! More...

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WIRED
60-Second Interview: Ross Tucker

60-Second Interview: Ross Tucker

Ross Tucker loved sports and science. Discover how he managed to combine his two passions into one cool career.
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Global Sports Jobs
She Shoots! She Scores! Rat Basketball?

She Shoots! She Scores! Rat Basketball?

Rats are hardly born with mad hoop skills. So how does this team of trainers use science to get them playing basketball? Behavior modification. Take a look. More...

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Ideas Stations
Sport Science: Brittney Griner

Sport Science: Brittney Griner

What makes Brittney Griner such a threat on the court? Hint: It's not just her awesome dunk shot. See what the ESPN Sport Science lab discovered about the WNBA All-Star. More...

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ESPN
A New Basketball Gets Slick

A New Basketball Gets Slick

Back in 2006, the NBA tried to introduce a new plastic ball. Players called foul — and so did scientists. Find out how intuition and science made Spalding sweat. More...

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Science News for Students
A Quantum Leap for Basketball ‘Bracketology’

A Quantum Leap for Basketball ‘Bracketology’

What's the best method for picking a perfect bracket for March Madness? (The odds of picking the right team for all 63 contests is approximately 1 in 128 billion!) See why this group is using quantum physics. More...

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Inside Science
Basketball

Basketball

To improve their jump shots, these teens had their friends test out three different hand positions. Find out which ones produced the best arcs. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Basketball

Basketball

Translate your cursor skills into masterful free throws and other "swooshes" with this online game that challenges you from a range of shooting angles. More...

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onlinegames.com
Basketball: Will You Bank the Shot?

Basketball: Will You Bank the Shot?

Where is the best position on the court to bank a shot? Find out by creating a scale model and testing different angles. More...

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Science Buddies
Nothing but Net: The Physics of Basketball Free Throws

Nothing but Net: The Physics of Basketball Free Throws

How can you throw a "swish rather than a brick"? Get recommendations from these engineers who studied hundreds of thousands of trajectories. More...

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Science Daily
Physics of Basketball

Physics of Basketball

Is it true that spin has no effect on the motion of a basketball? See everything from foul shots to side-arm passes put to the test. More...

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Science Friday
The Science of Teamwork

The Science of Teamwork

See what scientists discovered when they used networking models to examine "how players worked together to move the ball across the court" during the 2010 NBA playoffs. More...

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