Guest Author - Lori Collvins
Is the 3-point shot soon to become a thing of the past? Some think that the introduction of the 3-point shot has hurt the game of basketball and new experimental rules may soon be in place to test this theory.
Until the 1980-81 season, the three-pointer had been used in the old American Basketball Association and was introduced the previous season in the NBA on a trial basis. The only other time the long distance shot was used in college basketball was during a 1945 game between Fordham and Columbia. On Nov. 29, 1980, the first three-point field goal in the history of college basketball was made by Western Carolina's Ronnie Carr. Few rule changes have ever impacted the college game the way the introduction of the three-point field goal did 20 years ago but it may soon be an issue of big debate: should it stay or should it go?
The NBA is planning on implementing an experimental rule that may just change the future of the 3-point shot in basketball. The NBA will proceed with an experiment in the minor league NBDL in which all field goals will be worth two points until the final five minutes of regulation and overtime. The NBDL may approve the experiment for the season that begins Nov. 19. The experiment is being used to assess the impact of the rule on shooting percentages and offensive coaching strategies in order to see how the game is without it.
For more information check out the Fox News 3-Point Shot Story.
What do you think? See you on the court!