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Old 10-03-2014, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The idea of the change in free throw attempts was endorsed by D-League president, Dan Reed, and the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, during the 2014 All-Star break. With the new rules in place, whenever a player was fouled, whether it was in an attempted two-pointer or three-pointer, the player would attempt only a single free throw. If the fouled player made the shot, he would give his team a full two or three points. In changing the amount of free throw attempts, the league would drop from an average of 47 attempts per game to about 26.

Changing the amount of free throws would significantly decrease the total time an NBA game takes. From the time a whistle is called until the first free throw is shot is usually about 45 seconds. For each additional free throw, it has been estimated to take approximately another 15 seconds. This means that if the player attempted a two-pointer, it takes about a minute, while if he takes a three-pointer, the time at the strike takes about 75 seconds. These averages do not take into consideration the likelihood of a substitution after the first free throw, which would increase the length of time by another 30 seconds. By cutting down the second or third free throws, the proponents of the change believe it would cut almost 15 to 20 minutes from the game.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Easily the dumbest thing I have ever seen.
How bout to shorten time, cut down on the commercials and pointless reviews
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Not a terrible idea. But missing a single freethrow late in games would become costly.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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nah, leave it as is
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Of course :morey: endorses that....he has Dwight on his team lmao
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Of course :morey: endorses that....he has Dwight on his team lmao
I don't really see that being a plus. Dwight will just tighten up all that much more.

I'm not sure where the love of watching free throws comes from on here.
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It would create more problems than it would solve. Intentional fouls would start happening all throughout the game on big men which would encourage even greater usage of wing/guard based strategies and small ball lineups. Traditional bigs have a hard enough time as it is.
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I don't really see that being a plus. Dwight will just tighten up all that much more.

I'm not sure where the love of watching free throws comes from on here.
What's wrong with the free throws? IMO it's a big and really important part of the game. And a basic basketball skill that often decides outcome in the last seconds.
Maybe they should also alow 5steps instead of 2, to make the game more entertaing to random schmucks, because they get bored? Yay more offense and dunks! It's becoming a circus..
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Lol teams would just start playing the hack a shaq game with guys like deandre jordan, Dwight, etc. Making the games even longer!
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memo to NBA execs....

LEAVE THE GAME ALONE...PLEASE
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I like this idea. I don't know why it wasn't like this from the start. And I like the fact you get punished even more if you foul a guy taking a 3pt shot.

Regarding big men having more trouble, I'd make it if you are fouled in the paint, you get a second chance if you miss the first free throw.

As for the length of games, don't care about that part. I just like the fact that offense doesn't get punished with these rules.
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What's wrong with the free throws? IMO it's a big and really important part of the game. And a basic basketball skill that often decides outcome in the last seconds.
Maybe they should also alow 5steps instead of 2, to make the game more entertaing to random schmucks, because they get bored? Yay more offense and dunks! It's becoming a circus..
agreed, getting tired of them changing the game just to make it more attractive to others. they should just leave it as the way it is and only improve on using the replay system more effectively.
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This is totally unnecessary. They need to cut down on the amount of timeouts each team has per half, since we know that commercial time will never be cut. Those are the things that are slowing the game down. Don't touch something that's been part of the game forever.
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I agree that the timeouts need to be cut down. But these could be good changes, depending on how they turned out with a trial run in the D league. I remember when the game was in real trouble in the 70’s with too many free throws. The flow of the game is more important than tradition, and there is no real tradition, since they previously had three chances to make two.
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What's wrong with the free throws? IMO it's a big and really important part of the game. And a basic basketball skill that often decides outcome in the last seconds.
Maybe they should also alow 5steps instead of 2, to make the game more entertaing to random schmucks, because they get bored? Yay more offense and dunks! It's becoming a circus..
This is not abolishing free throws. It's limiting the effect on the flow of the game. What that has to do with the number of dunks or traveling calls is beyond me. And it would really require good results in a trial situation.
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How about we cut out those delay of game technicals - that ironically delay the game - before we make this type of rule change to ''save time''.

I would be extremely pissed if this happened, just like I would be if they implemented a 4 point line.
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It would create more problems than it would solve. Intentional fouls would start happening all throughout the game on big men which would encourage even greater usage of wing/guard based strategies and small ball lineups. Traditional bigs have a hard enough time as it is.
How would this change anything in that regard? Why foul more? They shoot one or two at the same rate.
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I would have supported the college idea, make one, get a second.
But not this D-League approach, this just seems really dumb.

However, if they went the college route, Dwight might be straight out of all 4th quarters (well, maybe not, I guess he goes 0-2 enough anyway)
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What in the holy buckets? It might work on a video game, but you can just turn the fouls off if you don't wanna shoot free throws in a video game.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:49 AM   #20 (permalink)
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And I don't see too many players taking a long time to shoot FT's like Karl Malone. Most guys have a simple 2 or 3 dribble routine, and get through the procedure with relative efficiency.
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