In June of 2001, history was made in the basketball community. The Los Angeles Lakers not only won the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship, but they won in historic fashion as it was their third in a row. The man that led this team was none other than one of the most dominant forces to ever step on a basketball court: Shaquille O’Neal. Known as “Shaq” or “The Big Diesel,” O’Neal holds countless records and accolades that have defined his career as one of the greatest to ever play.
Since 1980, there has been a humongous improvement in how a basketball player shoots to increase their chances of making a basket, which is attributable to the research of the physics of basketball shooting. Basketball is a sport that requires great concentration and repetitive motion, and these two heavily impact a jump-shot, when a player shoots a ball into a hoop while jumping. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 46 cm in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end