As one of the cadre of women’s basketball fans, I sometimes leave the UConn realm and read competing teams’ chat boards.
Thus I found myself perplexed to see the term “string music” used to describe a fine shooter on McGraw’s Bench**, the WCBB forum of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana. Having spent decades playing in orchestras and symphonic bands, I couldn’t quite grasp the relationship of violins, violas, double bases, etc. to hoops. It didn’t help that one commenter said that a Mr. Dean would pronounce it ‘strang music’.
( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Dean ) Wikipedia told me only that he invented the term, that he was a basketball player and color commentator for many years. Respectable dictionaries were of no use. Finally, Urban Dictionary provided the definition:
It’s a synonym for swish. That’s the sound of the ball passing through the basketball net without touching the rim.
What a gabbulous* expression!