Tuesday, March 15, 2005


With March Madness now upon us, I have been giving some thought to some ways in which the game of basketball could be changed, possibly for the better. What do you think of these ideas:

1. CHANGE THE SCORING: Points are given according to the distance from which the player shoots. For example, 30.75 feet away would be good for 30.75 points. A slam dunk is virtually worthless. A half-court shot will be worth approximately five points. And if the free-throw line is 15 feet away, then a player scores 1.5 points for making a free throw. This creates a game in which longer and longer shots will be taken. Just imagine… eight points for an 80-footer! And finesse will be much more important than being tall and muscular (isn’t it about time?)

2. CHANGE THE SHAPE OF THE COURT: Use a triangular court and have three teams playing at once. This provides a brutal sort of game if two teams are defending one team (that is, 10 players against five.) Look for a very physical, low-scoring game.

3. CHANGE THE SIZE OF THE COURT: Use a court a half-mile wide and one mile long. All games must be outdoors, of course. Scores will be low, probably like baseball or soccer scores (4 to 2, 3 to 0, etc.) Games will last 5-6 hours, and bringing the ball up court will be an amazing feat of skill for one person… so teams will probably get the ball up court by heaving a series of long passes. The game might actually begin to resemble football.

4a. CHANGE THE PLAYING SURFACE: Play the game on ice. This speeds up the game dramatically, and just imagine the blood when a player skies for a rebound and comes down on another player with ice skate blades!

4b. CHANGE THE PLAYING SURFACE: Play the game on sand or grass. No more excessive dribbling, because only passing is allowed now.

5. CHANGE THE NUMBER OF BASKETS: Have two baskets at each end of the court, one at the usual ten feet, the other at seven or eight feet. Don’t have one basket right above the other, but place the lower one to the left or right about ten feet away from the taller basket. Allow goal tending on the lower basket, and count shots made on that basket as one point each, or as two points if taken from behind the three-point line. This will allow for some longer shots to be taken and made, as it is much easier to make long shots on a lower basket.


Blogger Snave said...

In the first example, distances of shots taken would have to be made with electronic measuring devices.

10:20 PM  

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