go to MSN.com
Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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

Kobe Bryant: Wife suffered miscarriage during rape trial

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Robert Flores: If Nick Young takes a shot at me, he's going to miss

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

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

Kobe Bryant: Wife suffered miscarriage during rape trial

Kobe Bryant opened up in an unprecedented way in his new documentary and even revealed that wife Vanessa suffered a miscarriage during his rape trial in 2004. Bryant was investigated for sexual assault in 2003 after having sex with a woman who worked at the Colorado hotel where he was staying ahead of a procedure...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 hours ago

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Aaron Hernandez allegedly shot his friend Alexander Bradley in the face two years ago because of an argument that started over who would pay the bill at a strip club, according to a new report. Hernandez was sued in civil court by Bradley in June 2013 over the alleged shooting for at least $100,000 in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

The Andre Johnson era with the Houston Texans appears to be over. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the team has granted Johnson permission to seek a trade and will release the future Hall of Famer outright if no deal can be reached. According to McClain, the Texans wanted Johnson to take on a reduced role next season. That’s something that the seven-time Pro...
Via Sportsnaut
13 hours ago

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

The NBA has announced that Houston Rockets guard, James Harden, has been suspended for one game without pay for his flagrant foul against the Cavaliers on Sunday. Specifically he’s being suspended for kicking LeBron James. In case you don’t remember… NBA suspends James Harden one game for kicking LeBron James in yesterday's game. — Tom Withers (@twithersAP) March 2...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 hours ago

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Oh, this is because of the Shark Tank thing, right? We get it. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, also a “shark” investor on the hit ABC show, has been cast as the President of the United States in Syfy’s Sharknado 3. While you try to comprehend that, also consider that conservative pundit Ann Coulter will be playing his vice president. Hopefully, we see those two in a situation...
Via Awful Announcing
14 hours ago

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

Championship Week is one of the best times of the year, a time when the Davids of the world get a chance to feel like Goliath. It is a chance for teams from leagues like the Atlantic Sun, SWAC, and Big Sky get to play on ESPN, and get a chance to make it to college basketball’s ultimate prize, the NCAA tournament. Among all these conference tournaments, the tournaments with...
Via The Student Section
16 hours ago

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

The Washington Redskins have already broken the bank once for a coveted free agent defensive tackle, and they appear to be ready to do it again. NBC Washington’s Dianna Marie Russini reports that the Skins are interested in Ndamukong Suh if the Lions do not re-sign the former No. 2 overall pick. Suh is undoubtedly...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 hours ago

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

The New England Patriots will have to hope that Darrelle Revis values winning over money. The Patriots are $11.2 million over the salary cap, so it’s looking unlikely that they will be able to retain the All-Pro cornerback on his $20 million option for the 2015 season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Monday on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that he expects Revis to hit free agency...
Via NESN.com
19 hours ago

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell is expected to be suspended the first two games of the 2015 NFL season stemming from a DUI arrest last August. Bell, who was driving the vehicle, admitted to smoking marijuana after being pulled over by the police. He is currently serving a 15-month probation term as a punishment for the DUI. The NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

The New York Giants were not about to face the possibility of losing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. According to a report from Yahoo Sports insider Rand Getlin, the Giants have indeed placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul. The #Giants will place the franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul, per a league source. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 2, 2015   With the...
Via Sportsnaut
19 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.