The Idea of a 4-Point Shot in NBA is Crazy Talk

By Shane Phillips
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As I allowed my eyes to skim across the electronic pages of ESPN, I came across some rather startling news — aside from Raymond Felton‘s arrest and the New York Knicks‘ never ending demise. What I came across was in some ways disturbing and others exciting. This simple idea would not only add another offensive weapon to the NBAbut it would change the game of basketball forever.

The three-point shot did not always exist, and that ugly, awkward arc was not always painted on the court. As anything or anyone reacts to change, the game did not want to incorporate something new or be altered. But then the three-pointer was introduced and the excitement of the game was two-fold.

Funny enough, ESPN writer Tom Haberstroh wrote an article discussing the possibility of a four-point shot in the NBA.  Of course the article was part of ESPN’s money-sucking “Insider” program, so I could only read the first few paragraphs, but that was more than enough for me to give my two cents on the topic.

As entertaining as a 28-30 foot line for players to launch bombs from sounds, it would completely change the entire game of basketball. It would change offensive and defensive strategy, it would push half-court sets further back and it would make the half-court setting feel much smaller. On a larger scale, the addition of a four-pointer would change the game at every level. College basketball would either have to move its three-point line back or add a four-point line, and the high school level on down would have to decide what to do in terms of what lines to have.

Simply enough, the NBA and the game of basketball is not ready nor will it ever be ready for the addition of a four-point line. Yes, it is incredible that players can consistently sink 30-foot jumpers, but that doesn’t mean a new method of scoring should be introduced. The inside/post game has already suffered greatly from the introduction of the slam-dunk and three-pointer; a four-point line would only render it obsolete.

If anything, the NBA should consider moving back the three-point line a couple of feet. There are too many issues on too many levels for a four-point line to work effectively in basketball. Right now is the perfect time for an old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That old phrase rings true in this situation.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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