In Reply to: Re: the 3 point shot illustrates a struggle between two needs: posted by SehornBlew on September 14, 2023 at 10:55:10
i hear you and obviously lots of people love dunks. To me - remember i grew up in the John Wooden years of basketball - it's an athletic show-off requiring little finesse. Yes, i'd trade it easily. (Coach Wooden wasn't very upset when it was banned as an effort to try to control Abdul-Jabbar - didn't work due to his talent, intelligence and skill.) So for me, sure, absolutely yes, recognizing as you say i may be in the minority on this.
As to your other point, i hear you but don't think that (more open space and more challenges to the defense) would be a negative. IMO it's closer to the way the game was when it was designed. The change in the equation isn't the game but rather the players. A ten foot hoop was intended to be a challenge to players to score. It should be that way. i don't personally enjoy games at 32-28 and i DO enjoy a higher scoring game, but it's not supposed to be like watching a tennis rally where your head is on a swivel watching the ball fly back and forth. It should - as ej said - require skill to score - or to prevent a team from scoring.
So i would go ahead and expand the size of the court to return the contest to the dimensions originally intended with regards to the ratio of individual players' to court size. Even if it turns out as you said. Of course, just my taste and opinion and as always i certainly reserve the right to be wrong
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