go to MSN.com
Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/4/13

Dennis Rodman’s heavily-hyped tour to North Korea last week has led to many revelations about the communist country, the most notable of which is that the country’s leaders are basketball-obsessed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a huge NBA fan and diehard follower of the 1990s Chicago Bulls, which is why he wanted Rodman to visit the country. He likely inherited his interest in basketball from his father, the deceased Kim Jong-il, who was such a big fan of the Bulls, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright brought him a signed Michael Jordan basketball as a gift when she visited the country in 2000. Kim Jong-il reportedly would watch NBA games on a satellite dish, and he even made sure there were full-court basketball courts at his homes for his sons to play. As basketball-obsessed as he was, things must have gotten pretty confusing for Kim when he watched NBA games and then games in his country. According to a 2006 article from the San Diego Union-Tribune, North Korea had its own scoring for basketball games. Here are the country’s supposed rules, according to the ’06 Union-Tribune article (as shared by Deadspin): Chinese media have reported that the country even developed its own scoring system, with three points for a dunk, four points for a three-pointer that does not touch the rim and eight points for a basket scored in the final three seconds. Miss a free throw, and it’s minus one. Just in case you doubt the veracity of this scoring system claim, keep in mind this is the same government that also supposedly told its citizens that children who play more basketball grow taller than those who don’t. Anything is fair game at this point. Anyway, we decided this wacky scoring system was just screaming for our attention, so we decided some more analysis was in order. By offering three points for a dunk, the country is clearly encouraging more strong play at the rim. However, by subtracting a point for missed free throws, they’re likely penalizing most of the players who would benefit from the dunking rule. Let’s look at some players who may have benefited from or been hurt by the North Korean rules. Players who would have benefited from North Korean rules: > Yao Ming – The 7-foot-6 center could not only dunk a ball anytime he wanted, but he was also an 83 percent foul shooter who went to the line over six times per game during his career. His scoring should have seen a nice boost. > Amar’e Stoudemire – Pre-back problems, a young Amar’e dominated in Mike D’Antoni’s offense in Phoenix and became known for his ability to finish at the rim. Not only was he an incredible dunker, but he also has shot a very respectable 76.3 percent from the line for his career, and was even over 80 percent a few seasons. > Kyrie Irving – The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year would have benefited from the eight points for baskets made in the final three seconds of games rule. Last season, Irving tied for second in the league with four field goals made in the final 10 seconds of a game with his team ahead or down by five points or less. This season, he’s tied for first, also with four field goals made. Players who may have been hurt by North Korean rules: > Shaq – The Big Fella may have dunked more frequently than any player in history, but he also missed a ridiculous amount of free throws. Shaq attempted the third-most free throws in NBA history for his career, making just 52.7 percent. This stats list from 82games.com says Shaq averaged 3.39 dunks per game during the ’05-’06 season. Just looking at the ’05-’06 season, Shaq made 480 field goals. We’ll say 200 of those were dunks based on the 3.39 figure stated above. Using the North Korean system, Shaq’s scoring would have been down to 19.17 points per game from the 20 he actually averaged. Of course, if Shaq dunked more frequently during games, the 3-point benefit would outweigh the 1-point penalty, but he’d be hurt by the hack-a-Shaq strategy. > Dwight Howard – Like Shaq, Dwight is another dominant big man who dunks frequently and is fouled frequently. Howard gets to the line about 10 times per game and has only made 58 percent of his free throws during his career. That mark has sunk to an embarrassing 49.1 percent last season, and 48.3 percent this season. Each trip down the floor that Dwight or Shaq gets fouled and makes only 1-of-2 at the line turns out to be a wash for their team based on the North Korean rules. > Dennis Rodman – Rodman seems to have fallen in love with Kim Jong-un, but the country’s supposed scoring system would not have been great for him. Rodman was a career 58.4 percent free throw shooter. However, he took so few attempts at the line, any dunks likely would have offset his misses from the stripe. In the spirit of the North Korean system, we thought about some other ideas that might be fun to add. Here are some ideas for additional scoring rules we would like to see incorporated: - One point awarded to player if he dunks his free throw (foot on the line is acceptable for this). We’ll call it the Wilt Chamberlain Rule. - Five points for any shot made beyond the half-court line. - Add one point for a buzzer-beater that comes at the end of any quarter. Make a half-court shot to end the third quarter? That’s six points for your team. The North Korean scoring system seems entertaining, but it would have its problems. Four points are awarded on 3-pointers that don’t hit the rim. For many shots, it’s difficult to tell whether they hit the rim. Can you imagine the amount of time the referees would have to spend on instant replay? And would the mid-range jumper die a slow death in this game? If everyone is going for dunks and threes, would any other shots be attempted? Only Kim Jong-un would be able to answer that. Have any other good ideas to add to the scoring system? Feel free to share them in the comments. The post North Korea supposedly had its own wild, crazy scoring system for basketball appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: Dennis Rodman is in North Korea for a goodwill tour, and he’s already offended PSY North Korea Athletics: Dictated by Kim Jong Il North Korean soccer team refuses to start match after South Korean flag displayed on scoreboard

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
1 Comment:
  • North Koreans can dunk?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Robinson Cano dealing with stomach ailment all season

Tony Romo on Dez Bryant's contract: 'I think it will work out'

Report: Giants pull $60 million offer to Jason Pierre-Paul

Dwayne Bowe: I’m here to fill Josh Gordon’s shoes

Report: DeAndre Jordan was tired of Chris Paul's antics

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Smart eager to show full skill set with injury behind him

Geno Smith: Brandon Marshall is 'a quarterback's best friend'

Report: NFL executive questions hype around Sam Bradford

Raiders coaching staff excited about running backs

Braves reportedly aren’t keen on trading Cameron Maybin

Rory McIlroy suffered injury in soccer game with friends

Is James Harden dating Khloe Kardashian?

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Dwyane Wade: I'll retire 'when I can no longer play'

How Matt Ryan became “Matty Ice”

The long road of an NBA second-round pick

Jameis Winston visits Miami teen in hospital with condition

2015 MLB first-half all-surprise team

World Cup Final smashes ratings records

Tsunami survivor fulfills dream by signing with Sporting Lisbon

Andre Johnson reconnects with Chuck Pagano by joining Colts

Lou Williams bolsters Lakers backcourt, but trouble remains

MLB teams who will continue to disappoint in the second half

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Robinson Cano dealing with stomach ailment all season

It’s been a disappointing second season in Seattle for Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, but we finally may know one of the reasons he’s struggling – Cano is reportedly dealing with acid reflux, a stomach ailment that came about when Cano was treated with antibiotics for a stomach parasite in October. Some of the details via USA Today… Cano was in the midst of...
Via The Outside Corner
1 hour ago

Tony Romo on Dez Bryant's contract: 'I think it will work out'

Not many people believe that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will hold true to his threat to sit out for the season-opener because he does not have a contract in place. Quarterback Tony Romo falls into that category. When asked about Bryant during his football camp in Wisconsin, Romo didn’t appear to be concerned: “The NFL is a business, it really is,” he said...
Via Sportsnaut
2 hours ago

Report: Giants pull $60 million offer to Jason Pierre-Paul

The New York Giants are pulling a long-term offer that they made to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, according to a report. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the offer was for $60 million and the Giants pulled it after Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident over the holiday weekend. While the Giants...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

Dwayne Bowe: I’m here to fill Josh Gordon’s shoes

Football season is coming, folks. With the Fourth of July in the rearview and the Indians continuing their up-and-down year, one new Brown is eager to get on the field and show what he can do. Former Kansas City Chief Dwayne Bowe is among a host of new wide receivers hoping to make up for the suspended Josh Gordon, or so he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “When Josh was...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 hours ago

Report: DeAndre Jordan was tired of Chris Paul's antics

DeAndre Jordan signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend, and there is a growing belief that his relationship with Chris Paul is one of the reasons the the 6-foot-11 center decided to leave the Los Angeles Clippers. According to a report from Kevin Arnowitz of ESPN.com, Jordan and Paul got into...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago

Marcus Smart eager to show full skill set with injury behind him

Marcus Smart’s rookie campaign was successful enough to earn him a second-team All-Rookie nod and 38 starts at point guard for the Boston Celtics. That, Smart says, represented only a fraction of his true potential. An ankle injury suffered during Smart’s fifth NBA game sidelined him for the better part of a month, and while the 21-year-old went on to play in 67 of Boston’s...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago

Geno Smith: Brandon Marshall is 'a quarterback's best friend'

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith finally has a couple pass-catching weapons, and he’s particularly pleased with his new veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall. According to Eric Allen of the team’s official website, Smith said of Marshall: “He’s a quarterback’s best friend… For one, he’s a veteran guy. He understands the game on and off the field. He’s...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

Report: NFL executive questions hype around Sam Bradford

The Philadelphia Eagles made a head-turning offseason move when they acquired Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Nick Foles, but one NFL executive is surprised at something else: Why do we care so much? According to Mark Eckel of NJ.com, “one of the league’s top executives” said he doesn’t understand the hype around the oft-injured quarterback: “I...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

Raiders coaching staff excited about running backs

Last season, a major problem with the Oakland Raiders was their total and utter lack of a running game. The combination of two over the hill backs in Maurice Jones Drew and Darren McFadden along with an offensive line who struggled to open holes big enough for even the diminutive MJD to get through was a recipe for disaster. Once the coaching staff finally decided to give Latavius...
Via cover32
6 hours ago

Braves reportedly aren’t keen on trading Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin has been one of this year’s biggest surprises for the Atlanta Braves, but could the Braves sell high on him this summer? According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, it doesn’t look like it. By the way, on Maybin: He's been playing well for the Braves and ATL not open to dealing him now. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 6, 2015   Through 73 games this...
Via The Outside Corner
5 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.