Everyone has their problems with the NBA. There’s always people that, when they hear the words, “the NBA sucks. Overpaid players, they act like celebrities, rules suck, too much Hollywood involved,” yaddee-yaddee-yah, they instantly begin to hate the league and everything that follows. Come on. I think someone needs to dig Edgar Cayce out of his grave and coerce his corpse to make up a decision on that here.
How come no one trash talks college basketball? Because no one wants to bash a bunch of college kids. That’s why. It’s like running over squirrels. They’re freakin’ idiots, but just too harmless to run over. That’s the sportswriting world for all the guys and gals writing for A-1 schools. Take a tip from Jenni Carlson — she might make you tougher, just as long as you don’t run into any Mike Gundy’s. But that’s besides the case.
I read over a guy’s blog this morning that mentioned, “Making the NBA better,” in a post. Now, I’m going to post some excerpts here, and I will link to his blog post. However, if he storms over here and wants me to remove the link, I will. (More than likely it would cause the blog owner to rampage over here to TSTOS, call me an idiot a few times, call me a combo of random expletives for mildly insulting his ‘opinion’ and then trashing TSTOS, calling me a homer. That’s what most of the people do on the internet. I hope this guy is different.)
The guy isn’t a fan of the NBA. He thinks that fouls slow too much of the game and that’s why he doesn’t watch. He said he cared about the outcome of the Boston/Detroit matchup from the other night, but he didn’t care about watching it. Here’s his ‘makeover’ for the NBA. (In bold.)
A big problem with the games is how slow they are because of the foul calls. The NBA tried to fix this problem by calling the game tighter and putting in the hand-check fouls…but I don’t think it has worked. The NHL did a similar thing a few years ago and their scoring shot up. The NBA hasn’t seen this type of result. Why? Simple, a penalty in the NHL is very costly and often leads to a goal whereas a foul in the NBA isn’t really a big deal.
Oh, really? I’m not an NHL maniac at all, but in the NBA a foul can either help you or be a detriment to you [team and individually], and most of the time it’s a detriment to you. If you have two personal fouls in the first quarter, that’s not good. It will stick with you the rest of the game. If you have four by the late second, plan on sitting a lot. Five? Oh, boy, watch out. Six is right around the corner.
Listen, I don’t like fouls being called either. I’m a 1980s basketball homer, myself. I love watching teams play defense the way it was meant to be — too bad today’s rules don’t allow that. But never, ever say fouls don’t affect NBA games as much as they do in hockey. That’s ridiculous, man.
So why not reward fouls with 3 shots from now on and 4 shots if you are fouled while shooting a 3 pointer.
This might cut down on guys fouling players who have open layups and dunks which is what fans want to see. But, in today’s game most of these never happen because guys will just take the foul instead to “save two points”. But, if it were 3 shots…then it might cut down on this. I think several things could happen.
Yeah, just let 50 players make the Sports Center highlight reel because some other guy on the opposite team’s coach told him to not foul and give up the “easy 3 or the possible “and-1″ 4.” Don’t be silly, my man. If this happened, a lot of die-hard, loyal NBA fans like myself would end up boycotting the league because of ludicrous ignorance made by the league offices. It doesn’t make the game more exciting, it makes it boring because everyone would be trying to drive and drawing the foul.
Players who get sick of being fouled when they drive will start driving again. I’m talking to you T-MAC, you won’t have to worry about getting fouled everytime you drive and get a clean look…and if you do you can get 3 points out of it
What’d I tell ya in the last graph of mine? Players WILL drive again to draw the foul and more and more wussy players will seem like the KINGS OF KINGS OF ALL PANSIES PROUD when they allow guys like Ira Newble of the Cleveland Cavaliers to get through the line and throw one down on them. “Yeah, Tracy, don’t worry about getting fouled. . . just drive to the basket every time and I’m sure those pansies patrolling the paint won’t be silly to give up 3- [4 depending on the made basket and shot from the line] free points from the line. So they’ll move out of the way. And you’ll be on Sports Center, homie.”
Yeah. Not gonna work unless you want the sport to attract kids for the wrong reasons.
It would make guys who can’t shoot foul shots almost unplayable. This would force guys to spend the extra hours to get their % up to at least 70-75.
You don’t watch much basketball, do ya? Or else you’d know a little bit more about free throw percentages and how they work on completely inept players who are inadequate on hitting them. Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat is unable to shoot free throws. Oh, it’s not that he doesn’t try — over the span of his NBA career he’s put unimaginable time in at shooting the ball in practice. It’s his hands. He has huge hands, they span over the whole basketball, and to ask him to hit his at a 70-75 percent rate, that’s like asking for some random lady on the sidewalk to take her top off — it’s dirty and un-called for; it ain’t happening.
It would pretty much eliminate the “end of game fouls”. You know what I’m talking about. The I’m down by 10 points with 1:20 left so I’m going to just keep fouling and fouling and hope the other team misses their shots. Well, now those are worth 3 shots so the other team can put this out of reach…fast.
How are the teams that are down by that much/left supposed to make a comeback that way? I’m wondering if you even understand the reason for it? It’s not about forcing them to the line and hoping to God they miss — well, that’s part of it, but let me explain the raw reason. They foul them to the line so the clock doesn’t factor in as much and so that if they [the losing team] get a rebound off of a missed free throw shot they will be able to attempt a fast break opportunity as the other team is hustling back to set up (which devoids this silly 3-point foul theory). That’s the longest sentence I’ve gone in a week without using a comma. Be proud Mr. Jack Bauer of the Search Engine Optimization that I’m dedicating this to your honor.
It would result in less fouls, less stops in play, more scoring, and more highlights.
Wow oh wow, that’s the freakin’ problem, again, bro. You see, I like my eggs scrambled, I like my toast dry and I like my basketball defensively! I’m a huge, huge fan of the way the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. Arguably, at the moment, they may be the most hated team in basketball. They don’t pull of this hot-dogging, flashy basketball bullshit that the Suns do. They play a winning type of formula. A type of winning people hate to watch (yeah, it’s kind of an oxymoron because watching winning basketball is more fun than watching losing basketball. People just try to make an excuse about why they hate the Spurs and can’t think of anything unique — that’s the same way with people who bash pro sports, they can’t think of anything more unique that “I hate babied athletes.”) Going back to what I was saying, they [the Spurs] play fundamentally-sound basket. Great defense, smooth offense. It all syncs in to why they have won four titles in the last nine seasons.
Kids these days want to watch crap on Sports Center because they think it’s just sooooooooo daaaaaaaaamn awesome. I disagree. It’s not awesome. I couldn’t care less about the silly hyperbole that surrounds dunks. I’m a white guy, and according to silly stereotypes, I’m not able to dunk, and if I’m not able to dunk then that must be why I’m bashing it. Actually, I’m not bashing dunking — it’s alright. I’m just bashing the highlights that are on Sports Center. They never show mid range baskets. They show flashy drives and 3-point land bombs.
The reasons for the excessive fouls are the backbending rules. You have to play smart defensively to get around this. The league is watered down by pansy playcalling so that the offensive player(s) can be given an opportunity to score. Sure didn’t hurt the guys in the 1980s that dominate offensiely. But, you can’t tell a guy that’s carrying an $80 million dollar contract to go out there and play real basketball these days, because the response would be, “coach, the rules are on my mind and I don’t want anyone to slap at my wrist — it’s kind of sensitive right now when Dikembe Mutombo gave me a little lovetap on it.” You hit two foul shots if it’s considered a 2-point shot that you attempted as you were fouled. You hit three if you’re shooting beyond the arch, and you will get that chance for 4 if you hit the 3-pointer while concurrently being fouled to add one more. 2-for-2; 3-3. If it was 2-3, it would be wholesomely inane and the basketball world would blow up into chunks, figuratively.
Anyway, to the guy I wrote this about and the site I linked to: please, don’t take what I wrote personally. I shouldn’t even have to write this last paragraph to this article, but unfortunately since any type of practical joke or light saying can always be taken the wrong way on the internet and turned into a cold hard insult. And that’s not the way for it to go down. I respect your opinion and I hope you respect mine. I just wanted to voice out my opinion on my blog because I thought it would project a good post. If you feel otherwise, contact me and I’ll remove the link from the post. If you don’t mind, then that’s great. You did ask for opinions (even though I’m sure you wanted them under your comments), and I posted mine. And hell, I even linked to you. That coerces visitors.