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Globetrotters Unveil Four-Point Shot; Why Not The NBA?

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Okay, LeBron's homecoming has come and gone. Is there any way to get us interested in basketball again? Starting this weekend, Harlem Globetrotter games will have a spot on the court from which any basket is worth four points. We love this.

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The Globetrotters "have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history," according to the press release, and we're hard-pressed to argue. The ladder, the ball on a string, the bucket of confetti; all have since found their places in the college and pro games.

Maybe not. But this one's different. For their upcoming North American tour, the courts will have a four-point spot on each end, about 35 feet from the basket. For the final three minutes of each quarter, nail a shot from the spot, get the extra point. Here they are practicing it:

This is brilliant because it's one those ideas that literally everyone has thought of. Who hasn't been dicking around on the court and made a half-court shot, only to exclaim that it should be worth more. Who hasn't wished, at the end of a game, the down-by-four team could tie it up with a full-court heave, because goddamnit, if they make that, they deserve to keep playing?

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Don't argue that the NBA would be resistant to change. James Naismith's original rules were two typewritten pages. Here's the NBA rulebook now, an unwieldy behemoth of a PDF. So let's get it done.

Also, an extra point if you call glass.

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