a few bits from a single article

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Mar 2 16:11:05 UTC 2012

What Novak has been praised for recently in the pages of the New York
Times is his contribution of 3-point baskets, both in number and
percent of shots made.


At 3/2/2012 12:02 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> >
> > A "perimeter shot" is an outside shot. It may or may not include the
> > three-pointer. My point is that the definition that focuses solely on
> > three-pointers would be wrong--if you can call it a three-point shot,
> > why call it a perimeter shot instead?
>(3-)point taken, but you suggested that "the perimeter is most
>certainly the area /inside/ or near the line, /not/ beyond the line,
>as the OED claims." That made it sound like you wanted the OED to
>define a perimeter shot as being a long-range 2-point shot, excluding
> > I am not sure that Novak is really distinguishing between the shots
> > inside or outside the line when talking about "perimeter", so there is
> > really no way to tell if he is using the OED definition or merely
> > includes it as a part of "perimeter".
>He was being asked about 3-pointers. Perhaps Novak was also talking
>about shots just within the 3-point line, but that would be odd given
>the context.
>Ben Zimmer
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