Click here to read my Sunday column on the 3-point shot and Don Nelson.
On the other hand it makes sense that a thirty foot shot should count for more than a layup.
Fritz, in what sense does it make sense?
Sports-all sports-are a replica of war. When ancient man was not fighting a war-he played sports in lieu of war. Combatant against combatant. Football is war in its real terms; taking territory. Basketball is war in defending your home against invasion-don’t let them defile our home and score on us. Was Gengis Khan a great warrior? Was Sir Lancelot a great warrior? But what would they be today? Time moves forward- and the battle changes. From swords at arms length to rifles at 100 yards. Today’s warrior is just as tough as the arms length warrior, he simply fights the battle at greater distance. Gengis Khan or Steph Curry- both great Warriors-just fighting with the skills of their time.
I’ve always thought Nellie and Billy Beane were similar. Both viewed as visionary geniuses in their sports, both had most of the media in their back pockets………..and both never even made it to the championship round in their respective sports.
great column Lowell. I agree to some degree about not liking the 3 point shot. I enjoy the long arcing shot and how amazing Steph Curry makes them with ease. But don’t like how predictable the game has gotten with teams setting up the half court offense, throwing the ball in for the traditional high percentage shot and then if it’s not there, always flinging the ball out to the guy standing at the 3 point line. I thought one way to keep the game as it was originally created and then to also please those who like the 3 point shot would be to only allow 3 point shots for say the last 5 minutes in each quarter, or only in the 4th quarter and overtime.
I would submit to you that both hockey and soccer would be much more interesting if they adopted a 2 point shot. Both sports could use a little more scoring.
Before the 3 point shot everyone just packed the paint. The games were hard to watch. They adopted the 3 point shot to spread the defense out and open up the middle. The game has become a much better spectator sport because of it.
Dennis, I didn’t think the game was hard to watch before the 3 point shot and I watched a lot of games.
well there it is………the Wisconsin kid who hit a last second 3 to beat Xavier said in his post game presser he knew the shot was going in because he practiced it in before games and was trying to emulate Steph Curry…….well for the purists, like Mark Jackson who criticized Curry for hurting the game with his wild shots, it appears Steph’s way of playing and influence is going to be the norm from now on…
A lay-up is a 99% probability of going in, a 3-point shot well below 50%…it should be worth an extra point. Defenses need to prevent and contest a clean look at a 3, the same way they protect the basket from an easy layup. The game has evolved and the entertainment piece of professional basketball needs the 3. Its good for the game. The Warriors-Spurs game Saturday showed that great defense can negate the impact of the 3….its good for the game.
In the same sense that touchdowns are worth more than field goals. They’re more difficult.
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I guess that is why you don’t like the 3pt shot and I do.
I’ll tell you this, without the 3pt shot Curry would just be another small guard. How many of those shots from beyond the line would Kerr be letting him take? Teams would just pack the paint and say “come on in”.
Without the 3pt shot the Warriors don’t make the playoffs because they don’t have a 7′ post up player which is what you would need to compete.
Really,you should take the Mrs. and visit Hawaii…and have a great shuffle board game with Don Nelson…it would be a nice time for you…both…
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.