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Sport In Nick Saban’s quirky basketball league, he makes up rules and (almost) always wins

02:45  14 june  2018
02:45  14 june  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Saban ’ s rules are pretty simple: It’s four-on-four, they play to 11 and a team has to win by two. But the rules also tend to be a bit flexible, as he And according to some of Saban ’ s former assistants, he was always creating advantages and breaking his own rules , such as the no trash-talking one.

In Nick Saban ’ s quirky basketball league , he makes up rules and ( almost ) always wins . "It was not unusual to walk out of there bleeding."To the Alabama football coach - who's coming off his fifth national championship with the Crimson Tide and sixth overall - N .B.A. stands for Noontime

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If you thought NBA stood for National Basketball Association, you'd be wrong - at least in the presence of Nick Saban.

To the Alabama football coach - who's coming off his fifth national championship with the Crimson Tide and sixth overall - N.B.A. stands for Noontime Basketball Association, which Saban created and currently runs. Saban's rules are pretty simple: It's four-on-four, they play to 11 and a team has to win by two.

But the rules also tend to be a bit flexible, as he hilariously explained to ESPN for a segment on the show Marty Smith's America. Saban said:

"It's a great responsibility being the commissioner of a league. I control the tempo of the game - whether you can call a timeout, who's on what side. … And then it's also a chore for me to pick the guy who guards me because the guy who guards me has to let me score. … It's gotta be somebody that I can have success against. Look when you're my age, you need to create advantages every way that you can."

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In Nick Saban ’ s quirky basketball league , he makes up rules and ( almost ) always wins . "It was not unusual to walk out of there bleeding."To the Alabama football coach - who's coming off his fifth national championship with the Crimson Tide and sixth overall - N .B.A. stands for Noontime

The rules of basketball are the rules and regulations that govern the play, officiating, equipment and procedures of basketball . While many of the basic rules are uniform throughout the world, variations do exist.

And according to some of Saban's former assistants, he was always creating advantages and breaking his own rules, such as the no trash-talking one.

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said, "The No. 1 rule is make sure that Coach Saban's team always won," while Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher praised Saban's mid-range jumper.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp also shared some interesting tidbits. More via ESPN:

"Nick hired guys based on who was going to help him win the N.B.A. as much as who was going to help us win football games on Saturday. … It was not unusual to walk out of there bleeding. I remember walking out, they had to bring crutches for me one time when I rolled my ankle, and I was in a boot for about two weeks."

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When Nick Saban complains about a rule , he ’s probably going to end up beating you with it anyway. “If we make a rule that guys can transfer whenever they want, how are we supposed to get people The Tide have made four straight Playoffs regardless. Adaptation has been key to Saban ’ s

Naismith replied that he hadn't thought of it because he had been focused on just getting the game started. Teams almost always have several offensive plays planned to ensure their movement is not predictable. The ball is usually shot by jumping (though not always ) and extending the shooting arm.

We've learned a lot of odd things about Saban this offseason - like how he baths in a lake in the summer as often as possible - but this has to be one of the best. The full episode of Marty Smith's America airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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