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Old 03-09-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

When you swat it away, you just give the other team the ball back...
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

Much harder to do. I'm no Physics major, but I'm assuming you get to a higher apex by just jumping with one arm straight up.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

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When you swat it away, you just give the other team the ball back...
because it looks cool and fools go


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Old 03-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

That would mean the player has to be good enough to jump and just grab a shot as it goes up that isnt possible most of the time..

Shooters are used to pump faking and playing defenders out of position to create shots. Guys are laying it in off the backboard, and doing all types of things to make it really difficult for defenders to block their shots, let alone palm the ball and steal it in mid air. lol
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

Grabbing out the air is unrealistic. But keeping it in play and maintaining possession is not.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

You should try it yourself first
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

I'm sure i've seen Big Ben do it before
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

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That would mean the player has to be good enough to jump and just grab a shot as it goes up that isnt possible most of the time..

Shooters are used to pump faking and playing defenders out of position to create shots. Guys are laying it in off the backboard, and doing all types of things to make it really difficult for defenders to block their shots, let alone palm the ball and steal it in mid air. lol
1. Players have done it before. They just usually swat it instead.

2. Yes, you have to get a good part of your hand on it... but you don't have to palm the ball. You just have to stop the ball's momentum and guide it down with you.
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Lmao...
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

In defense of the OP, there are times with huge swats that the player obviously could have grabbed the ball, or at least deflected it to a teammate. But...it is demoralizing to the opposition and motivates your team and fans.
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

Stupid...

The speed of the game makes it almost impossible to just grab the ball in the air..

The only thing you can do is prevent the particular shot from going in by swatting it out of the way...

Yes you can try your best to give your team possession but even that's asking too much
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:13 PM   #12
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

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1. Players have done it before. They just usually swat it instead.

swatting it is more practical... Big Centers can occasionally go straight up and snatch the ball, but its really difficult to do it on call.

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2. Yes, you have to get a good part of your hand on it... but you don't have to palm the ball. You just have to stop the ball's momentum and guide it down with you.

guide it down with you

sounds alot easier than it actually is..
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

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Stupid...

The speed of the game makes it almost impossible to just grab the ball in the air..

The only thing you can do is prevent the particular shot from going in by swatting it out of the way...

Yes you can try your best to give your team possession but even that's asking too much
No, it isn't almost impossible to do. There are times hen a center is 100% ready for the block, and he can get his whole hand above the ball, but he'd rather play volleyball and spike it when he could have easily pulled it down with one hand like reaching for a rebound.

Makes no sense.
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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

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No, it isn't almost impossible to do. There are times hen a center is 100% ready for the block, and he can get his whole hand above the ball, but he'd rather play volleyball and spike it when he could have easily pulled it down with one hand like reaching for a rebound.

Makes no sense.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkCYXgfFyKU

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Default Re: Why do players block shots hard instead of grabbing the ball out of the air?

because if you go up with 1 arm you can reach higher, but if u try to grab with 2 hands your not going as high. going up with 1 arm and swatting it will give you efficient results. trying to grab the ball, will result in minimal turnovers and even cost you baskets if you dont get a hand on the ball.
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