* TheRedStapler: Many Japanese children started to play basketball just because they read the manga which in turn helped make basketball popular in Japan. Today, Japan's team is usually counted as one of the top teams in the region.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The anime didn't get renewed for another period, so the nationals had to be cut. As a means of compensating, the remaining episode slots were made into a {{Fanservice}}y practice match with a few scenes mirroring the nationals.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The anime almost ended up airing on Creator/{{Toonami}} back when the block was still on Creator/CartoonNetwork hours.