The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Chillbongo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:19 pm

Should the NBA add a 4-pointer?

Rod Thorn, NBA president of basketball operations, didn't balk at the idea.

During a sit-down TrueHoop TV interview with our own Henry Abbott, Thorn was asked about the chances that a 4-pointer -- as outlandish as it may seem -- could be brought to the NBA at some point. In a Per Diem column last month, I advocated for the introduction of a 4-point line 28 feet away from the basket.

Turns out, Thorn didn't think the advent of a 4-pointer would be outlandish at all. Rather than reflexively squash the radical idea, as you might expect from a 72-year-old NBA lifer who has worn just about every hat in the league, Thorn seemed genuinely intrigued at the notion and revealed that the 4-pointer has "come up" in league discussions.

"Oh man," Thorn told Abbott, "Some of the players we have can shoot the ball from I assume it would be 30 feet? 28-30 feet. Somewhere in there. Some of the guys we have can shoot that as easily as a 23-, 24-foot shot." One of those players? Vince Carter. Thorn recalled a moment when he ran the New Jersey Nets from 2000 to 2010 as team president and general manager. As players tend to do at practice, Carter would showcase his shot-making abilities from far, far away.

"I remember when we had Vince Carter in New Jersey," Thorn said. "Well, he could shoot the ball from the seats and make half of 'em."

Don't we want to see that? Players pushed to the limits of their abilities?

"It would be unbelievable," Thorn said. "But you know coaches would go crazy because now you've got another line out there. That's crazy."

Yes, it would be unbelievable. But you know what coaches also thought was crazy and could never work and would ruin the game and cause widespread global devastation?


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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Juronimo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:21 pm

Damfony would just love this. Run up and chuck a 4 pointer in 7 seconds or less.
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Postby Lets Go Lakers on Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:28 pm

If there is a God, this would never take place. However, I would be fine with any shot from beyond half court counting as 4 points just to spicen up the game. But only 28-30 feet? Guys like Curry and Crawford hit 3s from near that distance already. That would make the game somewhat of a freak show and cheapen in. It would completely change the game to shooters galore.
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Postby lakerfan2 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:56 pm

make dunks worth 1 pt. :man10:
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Postby Doc Brown on Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:18 pm

How about they clear up the major problems in the league right now before adding more into the mix.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:25 pm

What's next….. metal chairs conveniently being left at court side?…….
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Chillbongo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:43 pm

Lets Go Lakers wrote:If there is a God, this would never take place. However, I would be fine with any shot from beyond half court counting as 4 points just to spicen up the game. But only 28-30 feet? Guys like Curry and Crawford hit 3s from near that distance already. That would make the game somewhat of a freak show and cheapen in. It would completely change the game to shooters galore.

This. The game would become a circus-shooting joke.
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Postby Weezy on Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:33 pm

On sure, sounds great, and then they can make shots behind the half court line worth 5 points, and then put built in trampolines in the floor around the basket like in Slamball from Spike TV. Come on, the 3 point line is enough, let's not make the NBA court full of even more crazy lines worth various points, it's a pro sport not the circus. Let the Harlem Globetrotters use a 4 point line if people want to see that.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Congo Cash on Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:19 pm

Until HeliFlop and LeRushmore becomes homeless from all the flopping fines, I will not take the NBA seriously...

The talent pool is getting worse every year (bigs who can't post, guards who can't shoot, etc.) and they keep encouraging BS like this... :bang: :bang: :bang:

JR Smith would average 80+ FG attempts if they do this...
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Postby 432J on Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:20 pm

and this folks, is yet another great example of why the NBA has become a complete joke

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Postby John3:16 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:53 pm

Antoine Walker gives this a thumbs up.
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Postby Chillbongo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:39 pm

John3:16 wrote:Antoine Walker gives this a thumbs up.


'nuff said.
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:41 am

Today's over reliance on the 3pts shot already makes the game less interesting , a 4pts line would make it unwatchable
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Postby karacha on Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:31 am

You know Swaggy would get some 5-point plays this way.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:25 am

Anyone have ESPN Insider? I would like to see their article on why they think the 4 pointer would be a good idea.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Juronimo on Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:18 am

Chillbongo wrote:
John3:16 wrote:Antoine Walker gives this a thumbs up.


'nuff said.


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Postby Lakerjones on Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:42 pm

No thank you.
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Postby Fly Like A Mosquito Bite on Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:47 pm

I, for one, think this is a good idea. It adds an extra element of strategy in the game. It also adds more spacing, allowing more penetration which leads to more exciting dunks.

Let's be honest, when they were about to add the 3pt line to the game, there were fans just like all of you calling the NBA a joke for doing it.
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Postby Weezy on Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:39 am

I really don't think it would add more spacing, because it's not like a ton of players would start camping at the 4 point line waiting to chuck up 28 footers. And if they did IMO they're idiots. That's as low percentage a shot as it gets. And yeah, what the NBA lacks is exciting dunks, they're really hurting for more of that, sure could use more of them. Chucking from 28 feet doesn't lead to strategy, it's just bad shots. The 3 point line is different, it's not near as bad a shot, but even it changed the game, and in the case of coaching philosophies like 'Antoni's, not for the better if you ask me. The 3 does add late game strategy and make for exciting finishes, but I agree with what Wilbon said on PTI today, the 4 would hurt that. A team that has worked hard to play good D, get a rebound, get fouled and make 2 free throws to go up 4 points, can have that undone by a lucky 4 point heave. No thanks, don't want it, the NBA scoring system has been fine for 30+ years now.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby lakerzkb8 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:02 am

If its beyond half court then im for it. Picture a playoff game with a team down by 3 with 5 seconds left. They toss it to a player in the backcourt and he launched one behind the half court line for the win. It would be the NBA's version of a hail mary. Only attempted when necessary.
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Postby Doc Brown on Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:06 am

That would not be fun at all. Half these guys barely hit the rim or even the backboard for that matter when they shoot them. If I wanted to see guys do that, I'd watch a YouTube video of Dwight shooting free throws.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:36 am

lakerzkb8 wrote:If its beyond half court then im for it. Picture a playoff game with a team down by 3 with 5 seconds left. They toss it to a player in the backcourt and he launched one behind the half court line for the win. It would be the NBA's version of a hail mary. Only attempted when necessary.


Exactly! It's so far away where it won't cheapen the game or change the way a team plays because the distance is so long. But if a team were down 4 at the end of the game, they would have a prayer's chance. It just adds a little more spice to the game while still keeping the integrity of the game intact.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:39 am

The game would serious go to sh*t if this rule is implemented. It would be a freak show and not the game of basketball. Teams would focus primarily on obtaining shooters and you would just have 5 shooters on the court at all times attempting 4 point shots possession after possession. It will no longer resemble basketball and it would lose fans imo.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:27 pm

Hakeem would have dominated if this had been implemented in his day....... He made shots from half court just for fun.......... With his eyes closed.
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Re: The NBA Seriously Considered Adding a 4-Point-Line

Postby laakers on Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:52 pm

Lets Go Lakers wrote:
lakerzkb8 wrote:If its beyond half court then im for it. Picture a playoff game with a team down by 3 with 5 seconds left. They toss it to a player in the backcourt and he launched one behind the half court line for the win. It would be the NBA's version of a hail mary. Only attempted when necessary.


Exactly! It's so far away where it won't cheapen the game or change the way a team plays because the distance is so long. But if a team were down 4 at the end of the game, they would have a prayer's chance. It just adds a little more spice to the game while still keeping the integrity of the game intact.


If the 4 point land were just a foot inside halfcourt, making it so incredibly stupid to shoot from there in any other circumstance other than a hail mary, I think it might work in the NBA. However, the only way it would work is if it was a completely new rule to the game of basketball, not one strictly pertaining to the NBA. It could work, and it would definitely make late-game antics crazier and less about fouling every time the winning team touches the ball when late with a few seconds left. Possibly, but again: it would need to resonate through the whole game of basketball.
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