Tag: Basketball

“When’s he gonna play?” The role of psychology in returning from injury.

Derrick Rose sitting on the Chicago Bulls’ bench in a suit and tie became a familiar sight towards the end of the 2012-13 NBA season.

One-time league MVP, Rose, underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in May, 2012, after getting injured in that year’s playoffs. But after several weeks of “will he/won’t he” speculation, Rose did not make his much anticipated return to the Bulls’ line-up, despite being delared medically fit to play.

Derrick Rose sits on the bench during the 2013 NBA Playoff series against Brooklyn

“He’s on Fire!” – Is there such a thing as ‘the hot hand’?

The hot hand is described as “a belief that the performance of a player during  a particular period is significantly better than expected on the basis of the player’s overall record”.¹  In other words, if a player hits a couple of shots in a row, people tend to think that he’ll make his next shot too.  But in actual fact, it seems as though there’s no such thing as the hot hand.

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