Word on the Street

Dot (daht) verb. Describes those situations in which a players attempts and converts a jump shot over the outstretched arm of his defender.

Usage example:Larry Hughes dotted C.J. Miles with a game-winner last night.”

Word history: A reader named Niklas from Norrköping University discovered that a trio of ballers on the Norrköping Dolphins men’s basketball team started a blog called Club Trillion. Loyal Silent Assassin readers already know what that means …but here’s their introduction:

“We named ourselves ‘Club Trillion’ because as athletically limited white folk, we found ourselves riding the bench for the Dolphins. When the time came for us to get in, there would usually only be 1 minute remaining in the game and after sitting down for 39 minutes, we really had no interest in trying to be all that productive. So we devised the plan of trying to get the ‘trillion’ which occurs when we play 1 minute and do absolutely nothing that would appear in the box score, thus making our stat line say 1 minute played followed by a bunch of zeroes.”

That’s right. There are “college” basketball players – bench jockeys, but still – who have dedicated their very existence to earning the trillion. I would like to think that my exhaustive attempts to promote the trillion these last few years is partly (or even mostly) responsible for this and many other cool things, like toasted subs.

But I digress. One of the blog authors, who has plenty of time at the end of the Dolphins bench to devise side projects, came up with a “People To Dot” list. Here’s how he explained it:

“We have a saying around the program that when someone shoots a jumper over a defender’s outstretched arms, said defender just got ‘dotted.’ This phrase comes from the notion that the defender makes up the long part of the letter ‘i’ and the ball serves as the dot. We would call it ‘dotting the i,’ but apparently some other group came up with that phrase just a few days before we did. I suggested calling it ‘tittling the i,’ but the coaches refused to believe that the dot of an ‘i’ is actually called a tittle. Plus, that sounds incredibly inappropriate to say out loud. So we stuck with ‘dotting.’

There are a handful of hard and fast rules to the dotting process. They are as follows (note that I revised the author’s original list):

1. The defender has to be making an attempt to challenge/block the shot.

2. The shot must go in.

3. The dot must occur in a live game situation.

4. (Optional) The defender must be informed that he was “dotted.”

This not only provides something new to watch for when you’re chilling out with NBA League Pass, but it provides new trash talk fodder for your pickup games. Of course, since most pickup ballers think “defense” is just “waiting to get back on offense,” it might be a while to before you encounter an outstretched arm to shoot over.

Congratulations, C.J. You’ve been dotted …by Larry Hughes.

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Labels: Larry Hughes / C.J. Miles / NBA / Word on the Street

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