Naismith, basketball's ultimate purist, was indignant when the center jump
But elimination of the center jump, he felt, created a disadvantage to the team that had scored.
With the center jump after each basket, it took only an average of four seconds to take the ball to midcourt and toss it up.
JIM NANTZ (CBS anchor), reporting on the 19-17 halftime score in the NCAA basketball tournament game between Michigan State and Wisconsin: "The ball kept getting stuck in the bottom of the peach basket, and the janitor couldn't pry it loose in time for the center jump
With the elimination of the center jump
, the introduction of the one-hand shot, and the promotion of Madison Square Garden, basketball bloomed into a national and then international sport, replete with spectacular tournaments, a smashing pro league, and enthusiastic acceptance all over the world.
Ever since the fast-break burst into national prominence in the late 1930s (thanks to the elimination of the center jump
), it has become a signature offense on every level of the game.
In especially horrific images, more than 200 people trapped in the fiery, crumbling Twin Towers of the World Trade Center jumped
to their deaths for lack of other escape.
They were among 13 people who died in Pacific Parachute Center jumps
. An FAA spokeswoman said in 1994 that most of the deaths occurred after parachutes malfunctioned.