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The Dumbest Rule In Pro Basketball
When a pro basketball team scores a field goal where does the opposing team inbound the ball? Thats right, underneath the goal they are defending. However in 2000 the nba came up with the following: After a change of possession in the last two minutes of regulation or any overtime period, the offensive team can call a regular or 20-second timeout and advance the ball to midcourt. I'm not sure when "midcourt" was changed to "three quarter court" but they somehow managed to make this terrible rule even worse. The purpose of the rule is clear: lets give the team thats behind in the final two minutes as many opportunities to come back as they have timeouts; this way fans at the event and at home will not give up on the game thinking it is over and this will add value to the fan's experience.
My problem with the rule is just as clear: you never sacrifice the integrity of the game. If you're going to change the rule from what it is the other 46 minutes, then why not come up with a few more rules changes for the final two minutes. If a team is down three then why not give them three free throws upon being fouled. Or insist the team that is ahead send their worst percentage free throw shooter on the floor at that time to shoot any free throws in the final two minutes. Even more absurd lets count three pointers as four pointers for the team that is behind, just in case they are down four.
You can come up with hundreds of examples such as the ones i just mentioned and all of them would be equally damaging to the game as the "three quarter court" rule as i shall call it. The reward for any team scoring a basket was up until 2000 and should always be that the opposing team must go the LENGTH of the floor. If as a fan your team cannot come back under these conditions then you accept defeat and you move on to the next one.