A: Hello, everyone. Welcome to Word Wise on Language Tips. This is Marc.
B: Hi, this is Meggie.
A: Meggie, I heard Yao Ming showed up on the pre-Olympic basketball tournament held in Hangzhou.
B: Oh, yes, do you mean the Stankovic Cup, Marc? The NBA-star played his first game in almost five months after a foot surgery.
A: Yeah, he did well. He scored 11 points in 12 minutes and grabbed another four rebounds.
B: That’s great. But Marc, could you explain what “rebound” exactly means? I know it’s a common term in basketball.
A: Sure, Meggie. “Rebound” can be used both as a verb and a noun. As a verb in sports, it refers to the ball becoming freely available after a failed attempt to put it in the goal. And in basketball, the act of successfully gaining possession of the ball in such a scenario is called “grab a rebound”.
B: 说到这里，大家明白了吗？篮球里经常说的“rebound”指的就是这样一种情景，一名球员投篮不进时，球砸到了篮板或篮框上弹起，这时另一名球员抢到了这个球，这就是他抢到的一个“篮板球”。Marc, according to your explanation, I think “to grab a rebound” is important in the game.
A: Absolutely. It gives the team a scoring chance. You can shoot or organize an attack. It’s key in basketball game play.
B: 看来抢篮板球在篮球比赛中十分重要，能给一个队带来得分或组织进攻的机会。You are an expert on basketball, Marc.
A: Haha, I like the game. By the way, there is a movie called “Rebound”. You could watch it and get a better understanding of the word.
B: Really? That’sinteresting. That’s the word for today, rebound. For more, please log onto language.chinadaily.com.cn. Bye.