Why The NBA should Abolish the Defensive Three Second Rule
MSJ Class of 22’
MSJ Class of 22’
Connor is a Freshman at my High School and for his Solution Showcase project he’s writing articles about the NBA, He asked for me to publish this article and I was all for it. I’m plan to continue Connor with his project with the hopes of him continuing writing for much longer.
The Defensive Three-Second Rule is a rule that states that if a defender is in the paint for more than three seconds and not guarding their assigned player or in the paint for more than three seconds in a zone defense, then they will receive a penalty. This results in the opposing team shooting two foul shots and then getting the ball back. This rule was instituted before the 2001-2002 NBA season. The controversy around this is that there is less defense and an exponential increase in scoring. For example, just about every other night, an NBA team(s) put up 130 points or more.. Before the rule was instituted the average was somewhere around the low to mid 90s. Also, more steals and blocks we averaged per game before the rule was instituted. And I for one would take a swat into the rafters over a wide open three pointer any day.
Many people like my Dad, me, maybe you and probably your Dad (especially if he grew up watching 80s and 90s basketball) prefers to watch college basketball or whatever throwback game or NBA Special SC Featured that NBA TV or ESPN are showing. The reason is quite simple; the NBA has gone soft. Today we have players flopping all over the court and players like LeBron James complaining that a defender grazed them, when back in the late 80s with the Bad Boy Pistons (especially Bill Laimbeer) throwing Jordan around like a rag doll whenever he drove.
This may have put the players at risk, and I’m certainly not saying that they should let this abuse happen again, but who cares about a center or power forward standing in the paint? If a guard decides to drive against two or three big men and gets clobbered, he needs to either get up or find another profession because that’s just basketball. Basketball is ever changing, but what’s wrong with getting back to the basics?