I once heard George Carlin say, "If the ball goes into the basket off a player's head, the team should be awarded 25 points."
This is a little outrageous. However, I have two suggested rules that are more practical.
If you look at the basketball court above, you will see that I've added a 4 point shot line, which is the line at mid-court.
This is very simple. It means, if a player hits a shot behind this line, his team is awarded 4 points. This is no different from the 3 point shot, except it is farther from the basket.
Again, on the basketball court above, I've added a 10 point shot line. This is located on the edge of the 3 point shot line, on the opposite end of the court from where the player wants to sink the basket.
This is a much more difficult shot. In all my years of watching basketball, I've never seen a player hit from behind this line, and, I've heard of this happening only once.
Once again, it's very simple. If a player hits a shot behind this line, his team is awarded 10 points.
When I first thought of these proposed changes, I thought about making the 4 point shot a 5 point shot. However, I started thinking about it.
Some of the great 3 point shooters over the years, like Stephen Curry, Ray Allen and James Harden could hit the 4 point shot easily, though, not as easily as the 3 point shot. For this reason, I left it as a 4 point shot.
On the other hand, the difference between the 4 point and the 10 point shots is much greater. Sinking a basket from behind the 10 point shot line is a tall order. A player is not as likely to hit this as consistently. Some players may not be able to hit it at all.
However, in the event of a blow out game, having the 10 point shot gives the game a chance to become more exciting.
There are three groups of people who would benefit greatly if these rules were added to the game of basketball:
Fans attend basketball games because they love ths sport. They love the competition. Naturally, they want to see a good game. If the game is a blow out, it can get very boring, and many fans will leave early.
If the fans leave the game early, the vendors who sell refreshments, T-shirts, caps, and other sports paraphernalia will suffer. The less people there are, the less sales they will make.
Not all fans are necessarily at the game. Some watch the game on TV. The networks that broadcast the game rely on their sponsors. When a game is a blow out, a fan is more likely to change the channel and watch something else. When this happens, the advertisements are not seen, and the money spent on these ads is wasted.
There is one other idea I wrestled with, but decided that it may be a little far-fetched. However, I'll mention it anyway.
I was thinking about the possibility of increasing the points awarded if a player hits a 10 point shot with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game. However, this has a certain condition.
Here's what I was thinking. If a team is trailing by more than 10 points, and there are less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, hitting a 10 point shot will make the game tied. This way, even in a 40 point blow out, the losing team will still have a chance.
After giving this some thought, I decided that this may not be appropriate. However, it is something to think about.
All new ideas are crazy when they are new, and this is certainly crazy.
Since we're on the subject of basketball, I thought it would be nice to bring up some great basketball legends from the past. The results are from a survey conducted:
Who is the all time greatest professional basketball coach? Red Auerbach was the head coach of the Boston Celtics. He transformed the Celtics into a dynasty, leading them to nine NBA championships and 885 wins. The Celtics won eight consecutive NBA championships under Auerbach, and this streak has never been repeated in NBA history.
Who is the all time greatest professional basketball player? Bill Russell played center for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969. He was a great defensive player. Russell won 11 championships in 13 years. In his final year, he was the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
What is the all time greatest professional basketball team? The Boston Celtics, and you already know the reason.
Who is the all time greatest college basketball coach? John Wooden coached the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 seasons.
Who is the all time greatest college basketball player? Lew Alcindor, but he is better known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for John Wooden at UCLA, and was at the beginning of their dynasty.
What is the all time greatest college basketball team? The UCLA Bruins, for obvious reasons.
Who was the most enjoyable basketball player to watch? Wilt Chamberlain, considered one of the greatest offensive players in the history of the game. However, he could not beat Bill Russell. But the two were very good friends. Wilt still holds the record for the most points in a game, with 100 points against the Knicks on March 2, 1962.
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