Word on the Street


24 Second Violation (twen-tee-fawr sek-uhnd vahy-uh-ley-shuhn) noun. When a team uses more than 24 seconds to attack the opponents basket. Often as a result of good defense.

Usage example: “There’s another 24 second violation, the Spurs are really playing defense now.”

Word trivia: The shot-clock every offense is 24 seconds, meaning you got that amount of time making a basket or at least hitting the backboard or the rim, to get new 24 seconds. It first came to use in 1954 in Syracuse, New York, where Danny Biasone, the owner of the NBA’s Syracuse Nationals, experimented using a 24-second version during a scrimmage game. According to Biasone:

“I looked at the box scores from the games I enjoyed, games where they didn’t screw around and stall. I noticed each team took about 60 shots. That meant 120 shots per game. So I took 48 minutes – 2,880 seconds – and divided that by 120 shots. The result was 24 seconds per shot.”

I guess that’s one way to stop the shot-clock?


Labels: San Antonio Spurs / Syracuse Nationals / NBA / Word on the Street


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