Yes they do it in the nba all the time.(I use to wonder the same thing.)
Edit category This is not a basketball question. Punting is football related.
because that is the rule...
All players can be out of bounds if they wish, but it will not get them anywhere.
A ball is out of bounds if it goes over the baseline (the line that goes in a rectangle all around the court)
As with all sports, it is important to understand the boundaries on a basketball court. A player only needs one foot to establish in bounds in basketball.
Inbounds means within the dimensions of the playing court. Out of bounds means outside the dimensions of the playing court.
In basketball people have 5 seconds to take the ball out of bounds.
When in-bounding the ball, 5.
in order for a ball in basketball to be considered to be out of bounds the ball MUST touch/hit the ground out bounds ... if the ball does not touch/hit out of bounds the ball is still live a play can go out of bounds to throw/pass the ball back in bounds so long as the player that is going for the ball bounds feet are in the air when he makes contact with the ball ...