October 15, 2004

NBA toying with banning the three-pointer until the final five minutes of each period.: They're going to use the NBDL as a testing ground. This has to be one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in a very long time.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:44 PM - 18 comments

That's almost as stupid as making the NHL's nets bigger to increase scoring.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:16 PM on October 15, 2004

Sepp Blatter moving into basketball?

posted by blarp at 01:30 PM on October 15, 2004

LOL, blarp. This is consistent with nearly ALL American versions of sports. They will change any rule they can if it will somehow make the game ever so slightly more entertaining for the people with short attention spans or some belief that only scoring plays are exciting. The latter comment part of the reason soccer doesn't play well here (see my other rants concerning the tee vee folks role). "Not enough goals, so it is boring." BS. The 3-pointer is part of the reason basketball became exciting again.

posted by scully at 01:51 PM on October 15, 2004

How about baskets that automatically and randomly move up and down? And parts of the court that are actually trampolines? And players can actually ram into each other without penalty? Hey waitaminute ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:05 PM on October 15, 2004

But why? </Borat>

posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on October 15, 2004

Why don't they make FTs 10pts, FGs 20pts, and 3's 30pts. Then they would have scores like 1030-980. C'mon, that's exciting! I bet everyone in America would watch. On a slightly serious note, I always thought it would be cool if they had the slam dunk contest on a higher rim. Then you could really talk about a player's vertical..

posted by blarp at 02:30 PM on October 15, 2004

It's like Rollerball, a movie that every sports fan should watch (the original, with John Housman and James Caan). 'member the rule changes in that one?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:52 PM on October 15, 2004

It's fun watching the NBA circle the toilet bowl

posted by mick at 03:54 PM on October 15, 2004

Sepp Blatter moving into basketball? would that mean we could look forward to john stockton short-shorts?

posted by goddam at 03:55 PM on October 15, 2004

Hilarious! That's like saying that "Homeruns are only allowed in the final two innings" in baseball. Cracks me up the stupidity the US sports come up with.

posted by Drood at 06:01 PM on October 15, 2004

The 3-pointer is part of the reason basketball became exciting again. Perhaps originally, but now it is one of the main reason the game is so damn crappy. Three's and dunks are offense now, with nothing in between. This rule change may not be the best, but it is better than the status quo. Personally I would be for knocking it back a couple-three feet and keeping it an arc (no more threes from the side). Bring back the medium range jump shooter!

posted by pivo at 06:11 PM on October 15, 2004

They could just force teams to pass the ball 20 times before a shot is taken.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:45 PM on October 15, 2004

Oh god, this is crazy is like saying Joward stern won use the f' word on his show, I say whoever agrees to that doesn't like basketball.

posted by LROD at 08:18 PM on October 15, 2004

I HATE basketball and think this new rule is a bad idea.

posted by Drood at 12:41 AM on October 16, 2004

This is a dumbass idea. No, it's more like the heir to the throne of the kingdom of dumbasses kind of idea. The only thing I would bring in is the international lane as well as the international three point line. That's all I would do to the game. This smells of gimmick, and I hate gimmicks like this!

posted by jasonbondshow at 02:48 PM on October 16, 2004

It's ok if they move to the Rock'n'Jock MTV rules and add 10 and 20 pointer spots. And trampolines. And blackjack and hookers. Or maybe I'll just get my own basketball league. Someone get me Isiah Thomas, stat!

posted by yerfatma at 05:25 PM on October 16, 2004

And trampolines. It's been done.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 05:29 PM on October 16, 2004

All sports jack with their rules. This idea, which isn't even close to being implemented, is less dramatic than the introduction of the designated hitter in baseball and the origination of the three-point shot in the NBA. I don't see why this is sparking so much outrage.

posted by rcade at 12:27 AM on October 17, 2004

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