I Called Bank - The History Of The Bank Shot

If you follow basketball over the past couple years, you are probably aware Paul Pierce didn't "call bank", but this style of shot has been defining basketball for years, but what is the history of the bank shot?

I Called Bank.com Art Of The Bank Shot


Invention Of The Game Of Basketball

The game of basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith in December of 1891 and consisted of two peach baskets and a soccer style ball. Believe it or not, backboards were not part of the original game.

The First Backboards

The first backboards were introduced a few years later, but they weren’t intended to aid the players, but rather protect the fans seated in the balcony from touching a ball. Early backboards were made of either chicken wire or wood.

Glass backboards were first introduced to the game in 1910. Banned briefly in 1916, but eventually popularized around 1919 when fans seated at the ends of the courts complained that the wooden backboards blocked their view.

Bank Shots Increase Odds Of Success

A bank shot in basketball, also referred too as "off the glass", is a shot where the ball bounces off the backboard and into the basket. Frequently used for mid-range jump shots and layups. The purpose of the bank shot is to try to hit the backboard at an angle, thus slowing the speed of the ball and increasing its chances sinking the hoop. North Carolina State University researchers found that bank shots may be up to 20 percent more effective at distances of about 12 feet, when compared to direct shots. NBA players known for using the bank shot often are Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Scottie Pippen, and Kobe Bryant just to name a few.

The Proper Implications For Calling A Bank Shot

  1. In horse or pig, if a person calls bank before the shot, then makes it. The following person must make the shot using the "bank" method. However, if the shooter shoots the ball and it banks in, but does not call it, then basket still counts, but does not need to be banked in. The shot can be made in any way the following person desires.
  2. During a neighborhood pick up game, if a person does not call bank but it goes in, it still counts. However, the other players are allowed to make fun of the shooter and ask the following question, "did you call bank?" Insinuating that the shot was lucky, and the person shooting the ball did not plan to bank it. So remember to say "I Called Bank."
  3. In some shoot-around scenarios, if a person shoots the ball and it banks in, but does not call it, he does not get the ball back.

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