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The most logical explanation comes from the '60s phrase "to drop a dime," which the Dictionary of American Slang ( HarperCollins) defines as "to give information, especially to the police." Most pay phones used to cost a dime; an informant would "drop a dime" to call police and thus "assist" in an arrest.

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Q: Why is an assist called a 'dime' in basketball?
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What is a dime in basketball?

a dime in basketball is an assist.


Can anyone spot you a 'dime' in basketball?

Yes, a dime is a slang term for an assist in basketball.


What is assist called in basketball?

An assist in basketball is just an assist.


What does the term drop a dime mean?

to get an assist in basketball or to make a telephone call like to the police to inform on someone as it used to cost a dime at payphones


What is the pass before the shot in basketball?

That is called an assist.


Why do they call an assist a dime?

dime is a slang term for a feddy pass


What is an assist in basketball?

ana assist in basketball is when u pass the ball to a teammate and they score.


What is assist in basketball?

ana assist in Basketball is when u pass the ball to a teammate and they score.


When a basketball player passes the ball to his teammate and the teammate makes a shot what is that called?

Assist if you've ever watched Basketball you should know


How to get basketball assist?

You get an assist by passing the ball, and the person scores


Average salary of a Division 1 Basketball Coach?

not a dime back


What is the origin of the basketball term ''dime''?

It means that the pitcher has thrown the ball and so they can't hit it "3 strikes and you're out!"


Why is the half dime called a half dime?

Because the value of it is worth half the value of a dime.


What is an assist in girl's college basketball?

An assist is the act of passing the ball to a player who then completes a basket.


How many ridges are on a dime?

They are actually called "Reeds" and the dime has 118 of them.


How expensive is it to buy a dime?

10 dollars, that's why it is called a dime.


Why do they call assists Dimes?

== == From what I've heard, assists are called dimes because it's like dropping a dime in the pay phone (back when it was 10 cents) to make a connection. The player who makes the pass to the other player who scores made the "connection" just like a phone call! I have heard that dropping dimes into a pay phone is very easy, like making an assist. There are many different stories for why an assist is called a dime.


What is the value of a 1901 wheat dime?

There's no dime called a "wheat dime". There are the famous wheat CENTS, of course, that carry the images of two wheat ears on the back, but a 1901 dime has a wreath on the back and is frequently called a Barber dime after its designer Charles Barber.


What is the value of a 1910 wheat dime?

There's no dime called a "wheat dime". There are the famous wheat CENTS, of course, that carry the images of two wheat ears on the back, but a 1910 dime has a wreath on the back and is frequently called a Barber dime after its designer Charles Barber.


Value of 1936 dime?

a 1936 dime is called a mercury dime. they aren't rare so they are worth around a dollar


What is value of 1917 us dime?

a 1917 us dime is called a mercury dime. its not that rare so it is worth about a dollar


What is an 'assist' in basketball?

An assist is when player A passes the ball to player B and player B makes the shot in a short time, resulting in player A getting an assist.


Is it a basketball assist on an inbounds pass when the shot is made?

yes


What is a pass by one player to another that scores in basketball?

assist


What is an offensive pass in basketball that leads directley to the basket?

'Assist'