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Loving the Paul Pierce Blog

 

Last night, I expressed some skepticism that Paul Pierce’s blog at the Boston Globe could turn into a seldom-updated vehicle for self-promotion and bland commentary about the team. I suggested this not because I don’t like Paul Pierce (I have defended him in arguments more than any player, ever), but because of the natural inclination among public figures—and their handlers—to keep their public statements as innocuous as possible.

So far, the Captain and the Truth is destroying my skepticism like a mediocre defender in crunch time. Entry #2 came today—less than 24 hours after entry #1!—and it has a bit of what I wanted: Insight into the game. Pierce suggests three fundamental changes to the NBA game, at least two of which would make my father’s hoops purist’s soul happy. Especially this one:

Raise the rim 3 inches: The athletes today are crazy. You see the way guys are jumping these days. I would raise the rim 3 inches. Then, you have to learn the art of the jump shot. You’ll have to know how to play this game a little bit better then. Raising the rim, you’ll see increasing play. You’ll see increasing fundamentals. I’m telling you.

Awesome. Just awesome. Keeping bringing this, Paul.

He goes on to talk about war and poverty (and chocolate), which is all good and interesting, but I’m coming back for the hoops talk. Keep it coming, Paul, and the bond between you and Boston could grow even deeper.

  • Carlos Rizik

    What PP says is very interesting. What was the hight of an average NBA player when the actual court and rim measures were set? What is the current players’ hight?
    I don’t see this coming, but it worths be discussing.

  • Jason

    I’d love some b-ball insight from probably any NBA player, especially a Celtic, but most likely it’ll be watered down as to not offer opponents an advantage.

    Back in the days of George Mikan, they once experimented in a legit regular season game playing with 12-foot rims.

  • Steven

    YES!!! Raise the rim. I don’t watch Pro ball anymore because its nothing but dunking. I want to see some sort of skill being used. It seems like the only thing the vast majority of NBA players is good at is growing. Forgive me for saying so but they shouldn’t be paid millions a year just for being tall.

  • http://@2009celticshub v hampton

    NO!!! dont raise the rim you will take away one thing that makes the game fun to look at. I dont want to see someone running around and just shooting jumpers. Its the mixture of both shooting,dunking,and pretty passing that makes the games fun to look at.

  • Andre

    Paul has great vision, but the reality is that people like the high flying game and doing anything that threats the games excitement has zero chance of survival. Although, the players being more athletic today versus past players is something to debate; but I will say that these new players are more reckless, which have led to greatly reduced careers—living like their bullet proof…..

  • Big M.

    Paul should work on his hops and shut his mouth about raising the rim. Like somebody wants to pay money to watch him and everyone else play below the rim. If he is so into the fundamentals he can go watch the WNBA with the other 1 fan they got.

  • http://yahoo Sprtgy23

    No don’t change a thing, next thing you know baseball players will suggest a 5th base and football would want a point for crossing the 50yrd line. i want my kids to know the game as i know the game.

  • Patsy Capuano

    Yeah for Paul, I think the changes he has suggested for the game are really good. Of course they will be ignored but would do the game good. I enjoy watching the NBA and also the NCAA men but would enjoy it more if there was more action in the game and more teamwork and not so much the dunk shots.

  • Lamar

    I think Pierce has a good point. Raising the rim will force players to improve on their shooting skills for sure. Also; raising the rim will create a NEW SCHOOL of Skywalker to likes we’ve never seen. Age limits are there for a reason: “College”, but lets face it some of these phenoms will never go to college anyway.

    However: 60 games??? I’m a fan, I want 100 games..lol

  • John,

    I think they should raise the height of the rim. It might make the game more interesting.I rather watch college ball whom seem to enjoy the game more . The NBA players are just in it for the money

  • Greg

    He needs to keep his thoughts to hiself,if the nba thinks this is a great idea there wrong.The game always been this way.Most fans will stop watching nba ball because of nonesense.

  • http://1111what Dan White

    It will not effect the 3 point shot but a very little, this is already a long range shot with the ball coming down.
    As to shorterning to a 60 game season, the games main attraction was that it kept Hockey off TV and now it cant do that, but running into June is really too long.

  • http://Yahoo Keith

    Hey Paul. I agree with you and lets also make the quarters 15 minutes each. The game is way too short.

  • http://Yahoo Keith

    Also Paul the age limit , you are part right if you a pro your a pro but I also think those kids should not be allowed to play pro. A couple reasons they are not mature enough to handle it, imagine their big heads and their cockieness playing pro at such a young age.

    Also imagine making these kids millionaires. You would distroy them. They would distroy themselfs and others.

  • Joey G.

    Perhaps if refs were hasher on offensive players commiting fouls in the process of a dunk, it would limit the amount you would see during a game. I say if he commits a foul while attempting a dunk, the opposing team goes to the foul line for two shots (with them choosing any player to shot them) plus get to take the ball out at half court.

  • Rob in OKC

    Never been a Paul fan but just a B Ball fan and respect Boston’s effect on the game but was suprised by what Pierce said and beleive he is really on to something and respects the game as well;maybe I’ll look at him better as a player for that comment…

  • Mike

    Raise the rim? maybe…widen the court by 5 feet and lengthen the court by 10 feet too…

  • Trojans Fight On!

    If you want realistic changes – since they added the 3 point line – raise the height of the backboard 18-24 inches eliminate that bounce off the rim over the backboard play on 3 point shots, keeps the ball in play and the game moving.

    Football – put a top to the field goal post and make the kickers make it through the square. Add a pole down the middle and give the FG or extra point an extra point if the kicker hits the center pole.

    NCAAFootball – BCS is BS, hold a 16 team playoff

  • Roundballer

    Don’t need to mess with the height of the rim…just put a 10 foot circle under the rim…if you shoot within the circle…it only counts 1 point…unless they are running and can jump from outside the circle and dunk…would still count 2 points. This would require more skilled shooting and less of the slop dunks by the big guys who can’t even shoot a foul shot

  • Az_rider

    I would like to see some changes like make the court size 60feet wide by 120 feet long; add 3 minutes to each quarter; let players play a maximum of 45 minutes per game this would give the bench more playing time. Change the rule about shooter being fouled when he jumps into the defender to where the shooter is charging. Basketball was started as a non contact sport and I believe it should return to the days of non contact. Then you would see some true finesse brought back to the game.

  • Julian

    The average height of an NBA player has remained basically the same (In the 6’6-6’7 range) the last 30 years. The average weight has increased because of the increase emphasis on power and muscle as opposed to finesse. I do not agree with raising the rim unless you want to emphasize more low post play. The reason bigmen can dominate on the boards, block shots etc is because their hands and arms closer to the rim than smaller players. Raising the rim would be a disadvantage for smaller players as the outside shooting percentage and freethrow percentage would decrease. Athletic bigmen would still be able to dunk and get above the rim for blocks, however it would be a lot harder for an athletic guard to get up in time to block a bigmans shot. It would also be harder for a guard to jump over a bigman to score. Of course with a higher rim teams would have to emphasize more ball movement, pick and rolls, and post entry passes.

  • Julian

    Maybe they could ban the dunk in high school and college again. That banning actually led to more highly skilled centers and forwards in the late 60′s and early 70′s as bigment had to develop other shots and low post moves.

  • ALLEN C. KERSHNER

    Changing the height of the rim isn’t the answer. The high school and college rims are 10 feet high and it nwould be a completely different talent for a player to adjust. The answer to me is obvious. Change the 24 second clock and extend the time to around 35 0r 40 seconds. The players don’t have enough time to develop plays so they try to dunk. Also no back to back games. Let’s keep the players a little fresher. The game now is nothing more than a run & shoot {or dunk} contest. And shorten the season. Sponsors would do better because the game would draw more interest from the fans.

  • http://windowsinternetexplorer syd mac el cajon calif

    I don’t watch B-ball, but I do like the idea of raising the basket and the other thing I would change is make the
    slam-dunk only one point.

  • ed bowman

    yea its called evolution the players are bigger and stronger and with all those new vitamins lol but if the league changed the rules then half the league wouldnt make the nba ‘no one plays defence like they used too. but just about all sports is just entertainment anyways .the games are controlled by the refs. they should call the league the national globe trotters assoc

  • usest to be fan

    the best rule change is to use the best one travel stop the hop running with ball this is not football your supposed to be PROS ha ha ha

  • Seyon Harrell

    If Paul Pierce was only six feet tall he would not even make such a suggestion. What he is actually trying to do is eliminate all the shorter player from the game. The ones that give him his most trouble when handling the ball.

  • mikewalker

    PAUL IS RIGHT PEOPLE. Do you really think that raising the rim will diminish the game. It would make things so much more exciting. It would be like back in the days of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and those legends. The dunk wasn’t so important as good team play. people still talk about that era. The players are too tall and too athletic these days. A 3 inch raise will not eliminate dunks, it would make them more impressive just not as easy. We have players that can jump and touch the top of the back board for pete’s sake. you want excitement, raise the hoop that way we don’t see the same play where the tall guys runs up the middle and jumps up to dunk and anyone in his way gets charged with a foul. I don’t watch the NBA cause it is the same repetitive crap every time. I miss the pick and roll, I miss those 10 footers Hakeem Olajuwan used to make with that quick curl, & lets not forget the king, Michael Jordan was not remembered for playing his games with dunks, he could shoot. A prime example is look at shaq, could make a jump shot so save his life, let alone a free throw. RAISE THE RIM, C’MON….

  • mikewalker

    PAUL IS RIGHT PEOPLE. Do you really think that raising the rim will diminish the game. It would make things so much more exciting. It would be like back in the days of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and those legends. The dunk wasn’t so important as good team play. people still talk about that era. The players are too tall and too athletic these days. A 3 inch raise will not eliminate dunks, it would make them more impressive just not as easy. We have players that can jump and touch the top of the back board for pete’s sake. you want excitement, raise the hoop that way we don’t see the same play where the tall guys runs up the middle and jumps up to dunk and anyone in his way gets charged with a foul. I don’t watch the NBA cause it is the same repetitive crap every time. I miss the pick and roll, I miss those 10 footers Hakeem Olajuwan used to make with that quick curl, & lets not forget the king, Michael Jordan was not remembered for playing his games with dunks, he could shoot. A prime example is look at shaq, couldn’t make a jump shot so save his life, let alone a free throw. RAISE THE RIM, C’MON….

  • Scott Sanborn

    Maybe they could ban the dunk in high school and college again? Extend the time to around 35 0r 40 seconds? Are we seriously disregarding the effect these ideas would have on the speed and excitement of a sport that has worked so hard in marketing itself in a positive light? Raising the rim won’t facilitate fundimentals. Coaches winning with a fundimentaly sound team will increase fundimentals. Stats get money. The drive to be a champion happens after you get paid. The ring is the icing. Raising the rim will hurt veterans who have worked hard in the NBA to establish themselvesand who just want to teach and play fundimentaliy sound basketball.

  • James Reid

    I reiterate what Steve replied yesterday (see below). I would like to add that I only watch college BB now because pro BB has become a combination of hocky and basketball due to the inside play. If the pros played by college rules; with their abilities and great athleticism they would be the game to watch. Most pure basketball fans do not watch or follow the pro game anymore.

    YES!!! Raise the rim. I don’t watch Pro ball anymore because its nothing but dunking. I want to see some sort of skill being used. It seems like the only thing the vast majority of NBA players is good at is growing. Forgive me for saying so but they shouldn’t be paid millions a year just for being tall.

  • Jhawk81459

    Paul is a great Jayhawk and I am sure he knows that Dr Allen wanted to raise the rims to 11 feet in 1955.When Wilt came to Kansas,Dr Allen said he would make the NCAA eat those ten foot rims

  • Ramona

    We have become bored with basketball, never watch it any more. It has become a game of run and dunk, run and dunk, no skill required. Raising the rim would REQUIRE players to acquire the skills we used to admire in players and made the game fun to watch. However, I don’t see it happening as we are a society of 15 second attention spans, and if a basket isn’t made every 22 seconds we lose interest. We have switched to watching hockey and soccer. Low scoring games – a goal every 600 seconds, or 10 minutes – but lots of skill involved.

  • MANNY THE ELF

    LOWER THE RIM AND PUT AN AGE LIMIT ON PLAYERS –MUST BE 65 AND OLDER THAT WOULD HELP UNEMPLOYMENT

  • Vince L.

    Paul is on the money…raise it to 11 feet. stop all the “and 1 mix tape-street ball” crap in the NBA. Go CAVS!!!!

  • Mark Allen

    The only reason that the basket is even 10 ft from the floor is because this was the height of the running track in the Springfield ,Mass gym. Naismith hung the peach basket from that track , and thus we have a 10 ft basket. My grandfather , Phog Allen, a pupil of Naismith, while at Kansas, abhored the advantage inherent in being tall and not necessarily skilled. He favored raising the rim as early as the late 1930s and argued for an 11 ft rim. It is time to raise the rim in the NBA and see who really can play. Paul Pierce apparently absorbed some of Phog’s wisdom while playing in Allen Fieldhouse.

  • http://yahoo louis

    paul u can’t dunk on a 11 ft. rim

  • http://yahoo louis

    are a 10’3″ rim

  • http://Yahoo Preston

    I have felt for years that the rims should be raised.Especially when Oneal came on the scene with his no dribbling can’t shoot the ball to save his life self.The man was the epitome off not having any skill. I am sick and tired of seeing 7 ft. people dunk just by raising their arm in the air or 6 ft. people dunking by jumping 3 inches off the floor.It is no longer a game it is a side show for stupid aerobatics.It still amazes me that people go goo goo because somebody 6’9″ with 3 and a half ft.long arms runs and drops a ball in a net that is only 10ft. off the floor.Where is the skill in that.

  • Lorin

    I think if NBA players were made to play by the rules, the game would be more than interesting enough. The three things the NBA needs to enforce are travelling (players typically are lifting a pivot foot or taking two steps before the ball hits the floor), carrying (just watch any guard bringing the ball up court–they tuck it into the waist, roll the ball from underneath, not to mention the drives to the hoop–they cheat!) Finally, the physical contact especially with holding–keep an eye on the one-one-one’s. There is so much jersey holding and pushing it is ridiculous. If the rules were enforced, players would actually have to have some skills.

  • Pasdagrits

    For several years, I’ve been declaring to anyone who I thought might take me seriously, that the rim should be raised. I also think the rim should move a little as well. And how about allowing a two man assist on dunk shots while we’re at it?
    The size and skill of todays players have made the look, feel, and money of basketball appear too easy.
    That’s my two cents, and you got it for free!

  • Kirien

    Raising the rim is something I’ve been suggesting for years- the players have out-grown the court… I would make the court itself bigger(wider/longer) also(tho i know they won’t like giving up courtside seat space). The same should go for hockey(play with olympic size rink allows for more open skating/rushes)

  • Octavia

    I think Paul Pierce knows what he’d doing. He basically has a list of demands, and wants a compromise. The most likely scenario to pass is banning the age limit, which I’m sure would be good for the NBA on many levels. The other two choices proposed by Pierce would change the game too much, and may drain some of the appeal out of the NBA. There’d certainly be thousands more eurobasket.com profiles popping up everywhere.

  • Mack

    Paul is correct in shortening the season to 60 games-82 games plus a long playoff season wears the players out, increases the chance of injury and ultimently shortens careers. However would the players agree to cutting their salerys by 25 percent as the season would be cut by 25 percent?

  • http://celticshub.com Charles Vaccarella

    I wrote ESPN a few years ago and still feel the same. Count the dunk as one point and retain the two pointer and the three point arch. The same result without raising the rim an inch will result. Players will go back to,as neatly said, basketball 101. I’ve taken a lot of guff for this statement since most desenders consider the dunk a great accomplishment and its usually upplayed by the media with high-lites and such. think about it especially when the games on the line.

  • http://CelticsHub.com carol hawley

    If I ran the NBA, I’d decrease the number of players to four. Players are so freaking big that there isn’t much available space on the floor. Playing four players would force better defense – to cut off driving lanes, for example. Players will still find a way to do their macho dunks.

    I’d also raise the rim…as Paul Pierce suggests. I really am tired of the one-on-one, no defense style of play. I’m all for Basketball 101

  • Dan

    Paul,

    If the game is so easy for NBA players why aren’t more players shooting 50% from the floor and don’t tell me it’s because of the intense defense you all play. If you would really like to see more movement than allow teams the freedom to play any defense they want. Players, teams and coaches all deal with it at the Collegiate level and they all seem to do just fine.

  • http://www.hdlkrsndfgrgt.de Inger Neun

    Sorry, aber das bezweifel ich ganz stark…Baer

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