Yes, you may utilize the backboard for free throws in almost any basketball game, including legitimate NBA games. Section 1—C of the official NBA rules and regulations states that "when contacted by the basketball, five sides of the backboard (front, two sides, bottom, and top) are considered in play." This means that if a player contacts the ball with his or her hands, whether it be with the arm or leg, that player is awarded with a free throw.
The rule is in place to protect against illegal shots at the basket. If a player was not allowed to shoot the ball out of bounds on contact with the backboard, then they would often do so at an extremely high speed, which could cause serious injury.
However, since this is legitamate NBA action there is no telling what other tricks these guys might get up to. So just because something is legal doesn't mean that it's okay to do it! You should still check with the ref before you go flying through the air like Wilt Chamberlin!
In addition to free throws, the backboard is also used in rebounds. If the ball goes out of bounds but remains within the court area, the team who has the ball can advance it once, unless someone from the opposing team blocks their path. If someone does block their path, then that player is awarded with a rebound regardless of where they come into contact with the ball. This includes contact with the backboard.
According to this 2009 Q&A with Bernie Fryer (Vice President of Referee Operations and Director of Officials in the NBA), it is also permitted in the NBA: Is it legal to hurl the ball off the backboard, collect your own rebound, then slam it without touching down? —Blaise Yes, according to Bernie. This act is allowed under Rule 7, Section B of the official rules of basketball. It's called "Hitting a Rebounding Ball Over the Top of the Backboard."
In fact, according to Mr. Fryer, there are two types of violations that can be committed during live game action: Those against common sense and decency. Hitting a rebounding ball over the top of the backboard is considered an acceptable form of self-defense from such attacks.
Here's how it's done correctly: A player throws the ball off the backboard with enough force so that it goes over the top and out of bounds. The opposing team's rebounder tries to catch the ball cleanly before it hits the floor. If he doesn't, he gives up his opportunity to shoot and the ball reverts to the original thrower. He is not allowed to bounce the ball or strike it with any part of his body other than his hands.
So, certainly, a player can make contact with the top of the backboard. I've never seen it done before. The backboard's height is between 12 and 13 feet. Wilt purportedly had the ability to dunk into a 12-foot hoop. So there's no reason why he couldn't have touched the top of the backboard.
The NBA has not officially comment on this matter, but it's possible that by doing so, they want to avoid a controversy like this one before the start of the season. After all, if someone were to do it now, it might cause problems for some players.
However, since the league has not banned this form of play, it's possible that some athletes will try it out during training sessions or games and see what happens.
In conclusion, yes, a player can touch the top of the backboard if he/she wants to add more flair to their game.
It is unusual to break the backboard during a basketball game. It may also be exceedingly deadly, with glass fragments flying over the players and spectators. It's a prank that has resulted in games being canceled or delayed, major injuries, and costly clean-up expenditures.
Peach box baskets were affixed to a 10 foot pole before backboards, and a ball was fired into the container. The supporters, on the other hand, would get involved by interfering with the players' shots. Rebounding was also not a component of the game without backboards. Backboards were invented in 1893 to prevent supporters from interfering with the game.
Once an attacking team has advanced the ball past midcourt and into the front court, they are not permitted to reach the backcourt. Any portion of the ball or player that comes into contact with the midcourt line or back court is considered a violation. That is not the case when it is lifted above the court's surface. In that situation, any part of the ball or player can be touched, including the backcourt.
There is no rule that prevents a basketball player who is in the front court from going to the backboard to shoot a free throw. However, it is important to note that once a player enters the backcourt, he or she is out of position for defensive purposes and therefore makes them vulnerable to injury. A player who enters the backcourt should only do so if there is nowhere else on the court where they would be able to receive treatment for a possible injury without being penalized for a foul.
In addition, players are always advised to keep their hands inside the boundaries of the court at all times. This is true whether you are playing defense or offense. If a hand reaches outside the lines, it is a legal call against your team. Even if you think you can get away with it, it's best to avoid situations where the referee may question your judgment by keeping your hands inside the lines.
Finally, players should be aware that going over the line to protest a call does result in a foul.
It is unusual to break the backboard during a basketball game. It may also be exceedingly deadly, with glass fragments flying over the players and spectators. It's a prank that has resulted in games being canceled or delayed, major injuries, and costly clean-up expenditures. Although there have been improvements in material science and engineering, breaking the backboard of an NBA arena remains an expensive endeavor.
The backboard is made of fiberglass now, but it used to be made of wood. When the backboard breaks, it can fall onto the court, where it presents a hazard for players and fans. If a player were to get hit in the head by a backboard fragment, it could cause serious injury or even death. Backboards are important components of basketball arenas and stadiums; without them, the game would be less popular and likely fail financially. The backboard protects spectators from harm while providing visual appeal and privacy to guests.
In addition to being dangerous, breaking the backboard is also illegal in most sports venues. However, law enforcement officers often turn a blind eye to this activity if they believe there is no intent to injure anyone. However, if you are found guilty of vandalism after the fact, you will be punished accordingly.
There have been several attempts over the years to improve on the technology involved in making backboards more durable.