North Korea is a very secretive country, and not a lot is known about how life works there. But somehow, Dennis Rodman spending some time in North Korea as a basketball ambassador and a friend of Kim Jong Un brought some light on the rules of basketball in the dictatorship. They are unique, to say the least.
It’s safe to say things are being done differently in North Korea. Even in basketball, they have their own bizarre rules, which were initiated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. It makes sports interesting, especially in some situations.
Slam dunks are worth three points.
The thinking behind this rule is similar to many rule changes in the NBA – fans love dunks, so let’s incentivize them. Since slam dunks trigger more reactions from the crowd, North Korean players are given 3 points instead of 2 for every dunk. If they wanted to take it up a notch, why not 4 points for each poster?
Four points for nothing but net
They may love dunks, but the North Korean league is also a shooter’s league. 3-point shots are worth four points if it swishes nothing but the net. One caveat here is referees don’t always have the clearest angles on shots, and they may need instant reviews to check if a 3-point attempt is worth four points or not.
For every missed freebie, the team is deducted one point
Free throws really win games in North Korea. Even if they open up and democratize overnight, we can think of at least one Australian player who would never make it in the North Korean league. This one is for all the casual fans in our lives who never played, show up for a big game and keep saying, “I don’t get it, they are paid millions to play the game, make the frikin’ free throws!”
Here’s a bonus fun fact – buzzer-beaters are worth 8 points! These strange rules create a wild game and reward the high-stakes plays. Honestly, as bizarre as these rules are, you are lying if you wouldn’t pay to see a game played by them. It would be amazing if a few exhibition games would have crazy rules like this.