Found February 25, 2014 on Pass The Pill:
In 1979, the NBA adopted the three point line and the game has never been the same. There was much protest but it clearly made the game more competitive for the players, and entertaining for the fans. Today, another huge change may be on the horizon. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh tweeted Tuesday that the NBA has discussed adding a 4-point line, per president of basketball ops Rod Thorn. In a TrueHoop TV interview, Henry Abbot brought up the idea to Thorn, and he did not find it so out of the box. In fact, he seemed intrigued by the idea, saying that the notion had “come up” in league discussion. So what would the 4-pointer mean for the game of basketball? AP Photo Nam Y. Huh Many players in the league today can shoot from well beyond the three-point line. Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers makes about 60 percent of his shots from deeper than 28 feet. It would be interesting to watch players be able to get that extra point shooting from maybe the half court spot or in end of game situations, where a four point shot could decide the game. In the interview, Thorn recalls a time when he was President and GM for the New Jersey Nets and Vince Carter was on the team.  “I remember when we had Vince Carter in New Jersey, well, he could shoot the ball from the seats and make half of ‘em.” Pretty impressive to say the least. Is that what fans want to see? There was no discussion, or even suggestion that the 4-pointer will come about in the very near future, however, there is not vehement disapproval from Thorn judging from the interview. For now, it is something that probably will continue to be discussed. Remember, when the three point line was introduced, fans and coaches alike protested the idea. Now, I can’t imagine the game without it. Whether the idea of a 4 point line is something you hate or love, it is definitely something to think about. Sports-Kings Pass The Pill Contributor Kristina Beltran @KristinaaSayss        

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