Double team (thing)
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|The double team is a [defense|defensive] [tactic] in many
[sports], for example [American football] and [basketball].
A [player] on [offense] is being [double-teamed] when [s/he]
is [covered] by two [defensive] [player|players].
Usually [star] players are double-teamed in [NBA|basketball], however this leaves one [offensive] player [uncovered], or [open]. If the [covered] player has the [ball] at the time, then the hope is to force a [turnover] or [error]. On the other hand, in [college], [high school], and [international] leagues, one can [double team] an offensive player without the ball, providing extra [coverage]. For a long time this was not allowed in the [NBA] since teams had to play a [man to man defense], with the only exception being the double teaming of the [ball handler]. (See [United States 85, Lithuania 83|this node] for an interesting story.) As [hashbrownie] reminded me, however, [zone defense] will be allowed back in the [NBA] for the 2002 season.
In [American football|football] [wide receivers] are often double-teamed by a [cornerback] and a [safety]. The defense can usually afford to use two players to cover one, since they may not have as many people [rushing] as are on the [offensive line]. A double-teamed [wide receiver] is often said to be in [double coverage].