The National Basketball Association has been called a “make-or-miss league.” That means that players will get their shots, and the better players and teams make them more than miss them.
Basketball coach and TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy has often used “make-or-miss league” and possibly coined the term. “This league is a make-or-miss league, and we made that shot,” Van Gundy said in March 2007, when he coached the Houston Rockets.
Wikipedia: Jeff Van Gundy
Jeffrey William “Jeff” Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is an American basketball coach and TV analyst. He is currently a color commentator for ESPN. He has previously been the head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets in the NBA.
Houston (TX) Chronicle
ROCKETS NOTES: Bonzi stays home
By Jonathan Feigen | March 16, 2007
When Luther Head missed a 3-pointer, taken from the same corner from which he launched Wednesday’s game-winner, against Dallas last month, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said he was shocked. The message did not miss.
“When your coach has confidence in you, you have confidence in yourself,” Head said after his 3-pointer gave the Rockets a two-point lead over the Clippers with 12.2 seconds left Wednesday. “That’s why I love playing for the guy. When he trusts you and he shows that he believes in you, you play to show (why) he trusts you.”
Van Gundy said Head in the corner is “as good a shot as you’re going to create at that time. This league is a make-or-miss league, and we made that shot.”
Thursday, June 12 (2008—ed.) - Celtics at Lakers, Game 4
34-14 Lakers, End of 1st: The Celtics shot 6/22 (22%) from the field in the first, while the Lakers shot 11/17 (64%). It’s a make or miss league and right now the Celtics are just missing. If they can get this down to 10 points by the half they’ll probably have a shot.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Worst of the Weekend: Unwatchablemen edition
By Basketbawful at 4:15 PM
Lawrence Frank, Captain Obvious: “This is a make or miss league. You make them, you win the game. You miss them, you lose.”
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10:54 PM - 8 May 2009
Los Angeles (CA) Times
An uproar in house of mouse as Lakers hit Orlando
Magic fans appear fired up for Game 3 of NBA Finals, especially after referees didn’t call goaltending on Lakers’ Pau Gasol at end of regulation in Game 2.
June 09, 2009|MARK HEISLER
Van Gundy’s brother, Jeff, the ABC commentator, likes to say, “It’s a make or miss league.”
The NBA: Truly a Make-Or-Miss League
By Brad Frank , Correspondent Jun 15, 2009
ESPN/ABC NBA announcer Jeff Van Gundy sometimes says that the NBA is a “make-or-miss” league. What he means is that teams essentially win or lose games by making or missing shots, despite all of the in-game strategies teams employ.
Rivers: ‘It’s a make/miss league’
Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
CHICAGO—Celtics coach Doc Rivers often dumbs down basketball to its most simplest form when detailing why his team wins or losses a game.
“It’s a make/miss league, and it always will be,” said River, echoing a familiar sentiment after the Chicago Bulls emerged with an 89-80 triumph Thursday evening at the United Center.
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Hate when people call the NBA a ‘make or miss league’. I suppose that makes MLB a ‘get on or get out league’?
9:35 PM - 27 Apr 2015