Heimholder wrote:joelamosobadiah wrote:Yeah, you only have to have enough speed to get you past the bar horizontally. More steps wouldn't help with the vertical height.
I think I gotta disagree with you here. I don't have the physics equations to back it up, but it sure seems like speed helps with height. Remembering back to Junior High ( Ok maybe Freshman year too...) you always give yourselves a running start when you're trying to get rim. Also how else do you explain dunk contestants starting at half-court? Somehow that horizontal speed contributes to the vertical, I know it!
Well, as for that, they are trying to get distance as well. One of the greatest dunks was great just for the fact that it was the first launched from behind the free throw line.
As for the rest, I don't have the physics equation memorized either, but I can jump just as HIGH with two-four steps as I can with a full run-up. So I really don't know, but I don't think it would have made that much of a difference.