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

NFL Draft hopeful Ray arrested before biggest day of his life

Goodell expects DeflateGate report's release 'soon'

J.R. Smith promises to be better person, player after suspension

The importance of the Clippers' bench against the Spurs

Trading up for QB in first round is a risky proposition

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Madison Bumgarner rips Max Scherzer over thoughts on DH

Hamilton: Angels knew what the risks were with signing me

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

J.J. Watt writes note for fan to get out of work for charity event

Orioles VP reacts to Baltimore protests with passionate tweets

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

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

NFL Draft hopeful Ray arrested before biggest day of his life

Shane Ray was busted for marijuana possession less than 96 hours before the NFL Draft. We can engage in a never-ending debate over the legalization of weed but there is absolutely no debate as to whether or not Ray should be carrying drugs shortly before a day that will decide his NFL future. According to Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
4 hours ago

Goodell expects DeflateGate report's release 'soon'

The New England Patriots still could know their fate in the DeflateGate scandal before the 2015 NFL draft. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose that he thinks Ted Wells’ report on the deflated football controversy will be released soon, though he gave no specific timeline. “I do think it will be soon,” Goodell said Tuesday, via The Boston...
Via NESN.com
1 hour ago

J.R. Smith promises to be better person, player after suspension

The NBA announced on Monday that Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games for swinging his arm and hitting Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. After the punishment was handed down, Smith took to Instagram and vowed to improve as a player and a person. “Not the player...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

The importance of the Clippers' bench against the Spurs

The general manager version of Doc Rivers has taken a heaping helping of heat for the fashion in which he constructed the 2014-’15 Los Angeles Clippers. After all, if you just shout out the name of a random Eastern Conference starter during the aughts, chances are GM Doc signed him for guaranteed money. He also surrendered a first round pick to give up on Jared Dudley, and gave...
Via Crossover Chronicles
4 hours ago

Trading up for QB in first round is a risky proposition

Since 2000, there have not been very many successful trades in the NFL draft that have landed a team with a first-round quality quarterback. Sadly, the list of teams who have traded up for quarterback busts far outnumber those who have found franchise signal callers. Between 2000 and 2014, 15 trades  have occurred with one team moving up for a quarterback. However, there have...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago

Madison Bumgarner rips Max Scherzer over thoughts on DH

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner rejected the notion forwarded by Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer that the National League would be far better off following the American League’s lead and employing the designated hitter rule. Scherzer’s comments suggesting the implementation of the DH in the National League came on the heels of St. Louis...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 hours ago

Hamilton: Angels knew what the risks were with signing me

Before the Los Angeles Angels decided to eat $68 million to basically give Josh Hamilton back to his old team, owner Arte Moreno explored ways to void the 33-year-old’s contract. To the surprise of no one, the MLB Players Association fought Moreno and won. An arbitrator ruled that the Angels could not punish Hamilton for...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

MLB may decide to move the Baltimore Orioles’ scheduled home games to another city amid safety concerns in Baltimore due to rioting. Protesters demonstrating Saturday in response to the death of Freddie Gray tried to get the Orioles-Red Sox game canceled. Fans attending the game were locked in Camden Yards after the game until things...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

The Toronto Raptors are trying to recover from a stunningly swift exit from the playoffs, and point guard Kyle Lowry voiced some frustrations at his exit interview with the media Monday. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division with a 49-33 record during the regular season and were seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference. Still, they...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

As if the day following the Cavaliers finishing the sweep over the Boston Celtics could not get any worse, the NBA has announced that JR Smith has been suspended two games. This coming after the news that Kevin Love will miss the entire upcoming Eastern Conference Semifinal series with a dislocated shoulder. During Sunday’s game and after an already very physical couple of quarters...
Via Waiting For Next Year
17 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.