Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end.
- We say basketball is 'basketball.' But women’s basketball is 'women’s basketball.' You have to call out the gender. It’s so ingrained. Athletes are athletes, but you have to specify a ‘female athlete.’ We do this at espnW to be descriptive since that’s who we’re focused on, but in the sport world at large, 'athletes' have always been male pronouns. It’s sad—but it’s changing. We’re calling things out that haven’t been acknowledged before.
- Laura Gentile, founder of espnW
- Basketball is my favorite sport; I like the way they dribble up and down the court... I like the pick and roll, I like the give and go!
- Shad Gregory Moss, "Basketball" (2002), Like Mike (2002)