Word on the Street

Air Ball (air bawl) noun. A shot that fails to hit the rim or backboard. Does not reset the shot clock.

Usage example: “Did you see Ostertag last night? Damn, he puts up a lot of air balls.”

Word trivia: The term has spread to ice hockey, where a shot that completely misses the net, post, and goalie is called an air puck. This usually happens during an empty net situation near the end of regulation.

The usage may have an ironic subtext to it; “air” is generally used positively in basketball, often relating to jumping ability. The “air ball“, on the other hand, is widely perceived as the opposite: a signifier of an unskilled player. Often meet with mockery and harsch words from other players.

Kobe… Kobe… How we love to mock thou!


Labels: Greg Ostertag / Kobe Bryant / Word on the Street


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