Skip to main content

Insane basketball rules in North Korea you never heard of

North-Korea

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?

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

Ryan Blackburn on the Los Angeles Lakers - “Somehow, they’re going to get out of the Russell Westbrook contract for an All-Star talent”

NBA analyst Ryan Blackburn blasts the Los Angeles Lakers - “Somehow, they’re going to get out of the Russell Westbrook contract"

Blackburn says that despite the Lakers throwing away tons of draft picks and cap space, they are about to land one of the top guards in the game for in return for one of the worst contracts in the league

Milwaukee Bucks guard Oscar Robertson and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Oscar Robertson claims he could beat Kobe Bryant 1-on-1 — “I taught him basketball!”

Oscar Robertson thinks he could beat Kobe Bryant one-on-one. Here's why I think he's wrong.

Too Short believes Jay Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

Too Short believes Jay-Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

In 2008, Jay Z did a remake of Too Short's "Blow the Whistle" as a response to DeShawn Stevenson's "overrated" dig at LeBron James. The message was on point but Too Short thinks it was more than just a diss song

Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant's rap skills: 'Sounded like Stephen A. Smith would rap'

Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant's rap skills: 'Sounded like Stephen A. Smith would rap'

Whenever Dwyane Wade hears Kobe Bryant rap, he also think about Stephen A. Smith.

Bill Simmons on the Rudy Gobert trade - “Gonna spend the next 48 hours…wondering if Minnesota just made the most inexplicable NBA overpay trade of all time”

Bill Simmons blasts the Rudy Gobert trade: "Minnesota just made the most inexplicable NBA overpay trade of all time"

Bill Simmons said he believes this may be one of the most inexplicable overpays in NBA history, and chances are, he is right

Instagram model Yasmine Lopez confirms she dated Carmelo Anthony: 'I was literally sitting next to him in the bed'

Instagram model Yasmine Lopez confirms she dated Carmelo Anthony: 'I was literally sitting next to him in the bed'

Carmelo Anthony's marriage with LaLa fell apart primarily due to his alleged unfaithfulness. Years after their divorce, one of Melo's rumored side chicks opened up.