1. Yes, do away with free throws and give the offended team the ball at the spot of the foul.

    The NBA could make every game a barn burner by doing away with the practice of giving up the ball to the opponent after every basket. Instead the team making the basket would keep the ball and take it out at the other end of the court. You only score if you can get the ball back. In Upstate NY, we played make it, keep it to prevent just standing around, which happens a lot today in the NBA.

  2. Making regular season games exciting is an impossible task since there’s a minimum of defense unless the game is close, or teams are in playoffs and the finals. To remedy that I recommend going back to the ol’ school yard rule of “make it, keep it’.

    In Upstate NY we used to just do the minimum and hope to get a rebound, foul or some other form of turnover and then score more often than the other guys. Then, about 1954 we changed to “make it, take it” and every minute was spent on getting the ball. No just hanging back and waiting to have it handed to you, like it appears in some NBA games today.

    You either stole the ball, got a rebound, foul, or infraction but you did not get the ball after the other guys made a basket.

    There ought to be trial period during preseason to see how fans react to this forced speedup in the pace of play. Or in off season open practices.

    We used to watch a lot of NBA games but not anymore. Only playoffs and finals. We watch more football and hockey now.

    And, the hoop should be raised at least 18 inches. C’mon I’m 5’11 and I could dunk starting in the mid-fifties when hardly anyone under 6’3″ could dunk. Today, in the NBA, there are a handful under 6’0″ and even they can dunk. Raising the basket to 11’6″ makes outside shooters ‘go to’ guys and big men better rebounders. There’s just no justification for not doing this as the average size of NBA players creeps toward 6’6′ and higher.

  3. Djehaan says:

    make it keep it
    sounds interesting
    sure will ramp up the defense

    raising the hoop?
    not so sure about that.
    a lot of practice goes into shooting and changing either the ball or the hoop could make great shooters look like me shooting the ball

  4. Michrael James says:

    The Brooklyn Nets just gave the win to Toronto. They simply stopped playing with a little over 4 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. They took out the line-up that brought them a 10 point lead from a 6 point deficit, and put in non-starters to open the 4th quarter. I don’t like it when teams throw games. It was more than obvious. I’m starting to feel disenchanted again with the NBA.

  5. Frederick Oliver says:

    I like the distinction of good, very good, or great. Playing sports for so many years players reach they’re ceiling. With help some can win but tell can only elevate lesser talent so much. I liken the idea of a B-ball Wizard: D. Howard needs killer instinct, Melo needs to get back to mid range efficiency and 10 Rebs 4 off 6 def. help Tyson like Tyson helps him. KD should go in the post more, as freakish a score he is now leaves 5 to 10 points on the floor a night just on higher pct. shots

  6. Slam Dunk says:

    This is the truth. Both Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant were rushed back to quickly and now the consequences are they have injured themselves again and will be out of the game for even longer.

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