Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The fix for the broken NBA All-Star Game: No treys
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was by far the worst in history. Until, that is, the 2016 one. Nothing but trey attempts and rarely contested layups and dunks. The current crop of stars surely don't want to go down in history as destroying what had been a perennial treat.

Courtesy of NBA-TV and ESPN Classic, over the past 10 years I and countless other fans have had a chance to revisit — or watch for the first time — All-Star games dating back to 1969. These are great games that resemble the game itself as it was played in that particular year. In recent years, however, the games have become exaggerated versions of the current game, which itself features too many threes. Take that and then triple the number of trey attempts in an atmosphere where few are hustling on defense and the end result is a joke.

The trey is bad for regular season basketball. It's ruinous for the All-Star Game. Let's play the 2017 edition on a court without an arc. I predict you'll have the most competitive game in years, which in turn will spark interest in banning the trey or, at least, devaluing it to a more sensible 2.25 or 2.33.