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Old 06-02-2018, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Hope nobody minds if I go on a bit of a 'rant' in regards to the current NBA...

I started watching the NBA in the late eighties and followed it closely throughout the nineties and into the turn of the century period. In the process got to see all the great players and teams, including Bird's Celtics, 'Showtime' Lakers (with Magic, Kareem & Worthy), 'Bad Boy' Pistons, Jordan's Bulls, Shaq/Kobie Lakers and Duncan's Spurs. I used to live in Portland and, of course, closely followed those great Blazers teams with Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter and Buck Williams and Jerome Kersey and Kevin Duckworth and Cliff Robinson and Danny Ainge.

Past decade or so, however, I pretty much have tuned the league out in that the current state of the game leaves impression as undisciplined and poorly coached with a bunch of guys running and gunning and jacking up 3-point shots. Nevertheless, over Memorial Day Weekend I decided to watch both game seven Conference Finals games thinking this would be an opportunity to experience some good NBA basketball but could not be more disappointed. Basically, both games degenerated into one dimensional 3-point 'brick-fests'. I believe at one point the Houston Rockets missed around 27 straight three point shots. If that is not working then why not try something else?

Take the two losing teams, Rockets and Celtics, and move them back 20 to 25 to 30 years in time and they would get literally carved up by the teams of the time- and that is during the regular season; don't even talk to me about the post-season. Which leaves us an NBA finals consisting of a great Golden State Warriors team facing a Cleveland Cavaliers team that pretty much consists of of 'Lebron James & a bunch of stiffs'. Will I be watching? I doubt not...
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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As a kid playing ball, I loved to shoot long jump shots, so that's what I like to watch. However, even I agree that the three point shooting has gotten out of hand. And I believe it is going to get worse unless the league figures out some changes to rules.


My idea has been to award 2.5 points rather than 3. Of course, it's highly unlikely the league will adopt that. Not sure fans would be able to digest such a rule. But it would be effective.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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As a kid playing ball, I loved to shoot long jump shots, so that's what I like to watch. However, even I agree that the three point shooting has gotten out of hand. And I believe it is going to get worse unless the league figures out some changes to rules.


My idea has been to award 2.5 points rather than 3. Of course, it's highly unlikely the league will adopt that. Not sure fans would be able to digest such a rule. But it would be effective.
You can't keep half points,you just have to keep pushing the three point line out further until the balance returns. So that the third point becomes the bonus for something extraordinary, not the ordinary. Just like the 3 second lane was used to control Wilt Chamberlain and those big men following him. Would we then get back to the point of one long distance specialist coming off the bench to shot half court like Meadowlark Lemon when the mid range jump shot and who knows maybe the sky hook game returns.

But then again once the rule changes instead of kids just going over the old 3 point line as their base shot with the best players taking shots from feet instead of inches in 3 point territory would the next generation abandon jump shots entirely for longer range push shots needed to be in range for the bonus point?
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I’ll still take the current trend of passing and team-play to the one-man iso teams of the early-to-mid 00’s that consisted of (Kobe/Iverson/Ellis/etc) and little else. The Celtics ran out of gas by Game 7 of the ECF but are otherwise a great example of the future. The Rockets just exposed D’Antoni will never be a championship coach after all.
As for three-ball, they only work when they land. Not every team is going to have a Curry, Klay, Irving etc and will adjust accordingly. This year’s Pelicans are a good example...they did well for themselves with the traditional “passing PG supporting the big man inside” formula. The Cavs are doing it right now without getting threes from Smith or Korver right now too.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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Hope nobody minds if I go on a bit of a 'rant' in regards to the current NBA...

I started watching the NBA in the late eighties and followed it closely throughout the nineties and into the turn of the century period. In the process got to see all the great players and teams, including Bird's Celtics, 'Showtime' Lakers (with Magic, Kareem & Worthy ).
And the Lakers were the most fun to watch because they...ran, gunned and had some fun. Players like it, fans like it. Transition defense is better now though, so the Lakers' fast breaks wouldn't end in some many dunks as they did then.

Better team defense is also partially responsible for the big increase in three point shots. Teams must spread the floor further to provide the offensive opportunities to make something happen. If teams were all playing mostly within the arc, they'd have a tough time getting off decent shots.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:45 PM
 
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I hate the pregame and postgame fashion shows that these NBA players are doing.

Man purses and all.

LeBron James wears Thom Browne shorts suit to Game 1 of NBA Finals, Cavaliers wear cropped trousers | Daily Mail Online
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Old 06-04-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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I hate the pregame and postgame fashion shows that these NBA players are doing.

Man purses and all.

LeBron James wears Thom Browne shorts suit to Game 1 of NBA Finals, Cavaliers wear cropped trousers | Daily Mail Online
Cropped pants are a thing now? I've been doing that for years, more out of necessity than fashion.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm just tired of repeats of the Cavs/Warriors.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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I'm just tired of repeats of the Cavs/Warriors.
It would be funny if Lebron joins the Warriors next year.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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It would be funny if Lebron joins the Warriors next year.
Well if he has gets Kevin Durant's advice he will. If you can't beat em join em.
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