NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson Welcomes 4-Point Line, Longer Shot Clocks

NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson Welcomes 4-Point Line, Longer Shot Clocks
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has been known for welcoming crazy ideas. And now he finds himself drawing attention in possibly the worst way.


The row has something to do with Jackson reportedly welcoming two modifications to the game – a four-point line and a 30-second shot clock. Jackson is not a big a fan of the three-point shot, so welcoming the idea of a farther shot attempt has caused quite a stir.

Why a four-point shot?

Understandably, adding a 4-point shot will account for better opportunities for teams to catch up. It could be placed a few feet behind the standard three-point region according to an interview he had with the NY Times.

Jackson’s take was met with varying opinions. Retired NBA player Reggie Miller, one of the best outside shooters of the game, called it ‘comical,’ while another former prime time three-point shooter in Larry Bird welcomed the idea.

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Longer 30-second shot clock

While the four-point line could be a new challenge to shooters and teams who find themselves trailing in games, Jackson had another bit concerning the time needed for teams to execute their offense.

Rather than 24 seconds, Jackson wouldn’t mind seeing a longer 30-second set. From his perspective, such could help out low post players and challenge defensive teams to work harder. Teams could do more passing and get players moving more, adds Jackson via Complex.

Globally, there are leagues who have made their own enhancements to the game. But doing so will require adjustments on the part of players. Worse, it adds an unusual habit that would need to be corrected when international competition comes into mind.

FIBA has its own set of rules. Come big events such as the Olympics, it may or may not be an advantage and send players all the more confused as they adapt to governing rules laid forth by different basketball leagues.

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