Given the value of an assist in basketball, it is ironic that a perfectly delivered pass from a player to a teammate that leads to a bucket is depreciated by calling it a “dime.”
If the decision were left to coaches to come up with a slang term they would likely have chosen something else but, then again, dropping benjamins doesn’t exactly have the same alliterative ring to it.
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A case in point could be the disparity in the back-to-back efforts from Temple point guard Khalif Wyatt. Coach Fran Dunphy was as impressed with the senior during a 75-57 win over Bowling Green as he was with Wyatt’s 33-point effort in an upset over then-No. 3 Syracuse.
Despite scoring only seven points during the Owls final game of 2012, the difference, in Dunphy’s eyes, was the eight assists Wyatt dished out against the Falcons.
“I said it at the end of the first half when the coaches were getting together that we are doing a good job of moving the basketball,” Dunphy ...