Phil Jackson explains why a four-point line and 30-second clock would be better for the game – Basketball Network
The 3-point line was introduced in the NBA in 1979. At first everyone thought it was a gimmick. Nobody used it. But fast forward to today, it’s considered one of the deadliest shots in basketball.
Legendary coach Phil Jackson has been a keen observer of this trend and he thinks it would be better for the game to kick things up a notch by adding a 4-point line and increasing the shot clock to 30. seconds.
Stephen Curry for 4!
In July 2016, Phil Jackson suggested the NBA add a 4-point line. Note that this was after the monumental 2015-16 NBA season where Stephen Curry drained 402 3-pointers to clinch the single-season record. You could say it was the season that changed the game for good.
“Why not have a four-point line about 35 feet away? It wouldn’t be long before the players were reasonably comfortable shooting from there. And having a four-point line would certainly allow teams to catch up what is now explosive games”, Jackson said in Today’s Fastbreak, via Complex.
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Jackson definitely predicted the future. After that historic Curry season, the likes of James Harden and Damian Lillard began to rain from far beyond the 3-point line. Harden actually ranks second in most 3-pointers made in a single season with 378. He particularly made his mark in Houston where 3-pointers were a regular part of the playbook.
Over the past few years, teams have incorporated 3-point shooting into their playbook. If you want to be in the NBA, you need to have a smoothie in your arsenal.
30 second shot clock
Along with adding the 4-point shot, the Zen Master also suggested increasing the shot clock to 30 seconds and had an interesting but unsurprising reason behind it.
“It would give attacks more time to engage low post players, make defenses more effective and encourage more passing and player movement,” Jackson explained.
This explanation is expected from the Zen Master. Triangle offense, the package he used to win 11 NBA championships as a coach, relies on spacing, proper player movement and scoring in the position. It is a slow and calculated offensive system. So it’s not a shocking revelation that Jackson prefers a long-shot timer.
Only time will tell if the NBA follows Jackson’s recommendations. The 30 second timer seems like a long shot. But for the 4-point shot, the NBA tried it in the All-Star Celebrity Game.