Congratulations, C.J. You've been Larry Hughes.

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 Nate from Purdue University discovered that a trio of ballers on the Ohio State men's basketball team started a blog called Club Trillion. Loyal Basketbawful 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 Buckeyes. 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. Not only are local NBA broadcasters all over the country now mentioning the trillion during games, there are college basketball players -- bench jockeys, but still -- who have dedicated their very existence to earning one. 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 and the techno privacy scarf.

But I digress. One of the blog authors, who has plenty of time at the end of the Buckeye 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 at Ohio State 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.

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Blogger Cortez said...
That's funny. We've we been saying "you just got your eye(i)dotted" since the late 80's/early 90's.

I thought it had faded into the trash pile of history.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Why can't I take this post seriously?

Throw more dots, more dots, more dots..... okay stop dots.

Goddamn Internet.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Give C.J. some credit. That there's a good hand in the face. And y'know, with Larry Hughes that is usually sufficient to result in a relatively low percentage shot.

Blogger KNEE JERK NBA said...
That photo's got sprained ankle written all over it.

Blogger eljpeman said...
Speaking of dots and the letter i, I've always thought that when someone gets hit on top of the head (inadvertently, I might add) with the ball while just shooting around, the one who got hit with the ball became a "dotted i".

And while we're in the topic of getting hit with the ball, when someone gets hit in the mug with the it, a friend of mine usually says that person just had a Spalding burger.

Oh yeah, and quite a bit of pain (and FAIL) ensues after!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I think Kirk Hinrich wrote the book on getting "dotted". Every time he has to defend a 2-guard over 6'2" they just shoot over the top, all day.

Blogger chris said...

SCARY photo of Rick Nash I just saw:

Anonymous Anonymous said...
magic fan, first time poster, anyhow thought you guys would like this quote:

Said Redick: "I'm starting to feel more comfortable. I missed some shots [against Houston]. ... If my shot starts going in, I'm going to go from playing solid to playing great.",0,1468362.story?track=rss

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Uhhh, Chris....I think you mean Steve Nash.

Rick Nash plays hockey:

But it is a hot picture of Stevo.

Blogger chris said...
BadDaev: I don't know how I made that mistake, both are Canadian high-offense players in arena sports... :p Yeah, sorry about that.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Maybe it's just me, but doesn't the phrase "dot your is and cross your ts" leave out lower case js? For a phrase meant to connote precision, it sure is incomplete....

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Chris, I interpreted your comment to be a joke about the fact that Nash appears to be missing teeth in that photo.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Those crowd reactions are great and so ambiguous.

That evil vampire woman(?), that guy with his mouth open probably shouting "COME ON!", the one throwing his hands in the air in disgust...not a demographic profile of the general NBA viewer (I don't see many vampire women) but fascinating nontheless.