Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  12 responses

Larry Brown Has a Few Ideas to Share

Why, of course he does! LB imagines a world in which he would have final say in all basketball-related matters: “So if Brown were basketball czar, what would he do? Standardize rules worldwide for the NBA, college and international games. Move the NBA 3-point line in slightly. Permit teams to play any defense they choose without violating some anti-zone rule. Brown believes those changes would both allow and compel teams to run more and shoot more, and that’s what the game needs. ‘If you allow any defense, then (offenses) are going to rush the ball up the court because you’re going to be afraid of zones,’ Brown said.”

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  • burnt_chicken@hotmail.com

    Should the sceptre ever be pried loose from the Stern’s cold and bloody claws, I humbly nominate LB as the people’s champion.

  • Tommy Patron

    Amen. Basically, basketball should be played like they did with the red, white and blue ball.

  • Jacki Jormp-Jomp

    He’s right, you know. Seeing ‘anti zone’ written down makes me realize how stupid it is.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Good point about the zone d. it will definitely speed up the game.

  • la huey

    and after two years of being the supreme ruler on the sport of basketball, he’ll leave his post for a job as the emperor of badminton…and so on and so on…

  • la huey

    i do agree with nixing rules about the type of defense you’re allowed to play. and we need to loosen up on fouls so long as it wouldn’t undercut an airborne player or make contact with the head and upper extremities.

  • Joe

    Yeah, I never did understand why they have the no zone rules, and the stupid, defensive 3 seconds stuff. Afterall, these are suppose to be Professionals. The players spend their whole lives growing up playing against different types of defenses, and are taught defensively to be in “help-position”, but in the NBA you can only be in help-position” defensively on certain areas of the court, for only a limited time period. makes no sense!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You guys might dislike the 3 seconds in the paint (its too ambiguous), but when there’s no rules to prevent Wilt Chamberlains from camping the paint, well, then whatcha gonna’ do? Oh wait, there are only like 5 real centers, and half of them play the power-forward spot…

  • NUPE

    I like the idea of giving coaches freedom to run ANY defense they want. They should also have the same freedom to run any offense to (illegal offense isn’t called often, but I bet a lot of coaches would change things if they could). I understand basketball is a business, but making the game better for the fans have consequences. That’s why it’s so hard to say who is the greatest player ever because the rules are so different from one era to another. Hand checking, having a 3-pt line, the distance of 3-pt line, zone defense etc, changes the game in ways where certain players who were great in one era, would not be in another. Then certain rules are made just because of a single player etc. Whatever changes happen will change the record books, so I hoope they find one standard and just keep them.

  • Cizzo

    True, very true indeed!

  • rikson

    Oh man – I hate the “handcheck”-rule! Its soooo easy to drive now…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    have any of y’all actually watched the NCAA?
    Does it seem like teams run up and down the floor a lot? Or drive the ball a lot? Nope, seems like they jack up random three pointers most of the game because very few people can get into the lane.
    That’s why the NBA doesn’t have zones. Getting in the lane means more point, more dunks and more money.