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Old 02-26-2014, 01:45 AM   #33 (permalink)
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No, the NBA says, the league isn't about to add a 4-point line to an expanded court.

Both ideas have been discussed informally, but there has been zero movement to make them real things, league senior vice president Tim Frank said Tuesday. Frank was responding to questions by ESPN.com of league executives Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe about the possibilities.

"No one at the NBA, nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line," Frank said from the league's Twitter account. "Rod Thorn and Kiki VanDeWeghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist.”

Vandeweghe told ESPN.com's Henry Abbott that "we've actually looked at" how to make the court larger, although Vandeweghe and Thorn noted that arena configurations and teams' desire for premium courtside seating pose challenges.

As to the 4-point idea, Thorn said that many players have suitable range (he mentioned Vince Carter specifically), but wasn't sure coaches would support a change.

Bottom line: Thorn and Vandeweghe aren't lightweights. They're respected, longtime basketball men. If they're saying the ideas have been "looked at," there has to have been more than idle talk about them.
NBA dismisses chatter about 4-point line, bigger court - NBA - Sporting News
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