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courts need to be wider

so i was watching the suns magic game and on three possessions in a row did it ended in outbounds when they where shooting and jeff van gundy said that they should make the courts 6 in wider because players are getting bigger in the nba i happen to agree with that because that space is so small especially with bigs getting jumpshots is beginning to look like a trend, their legs will need more space to shoot or fake and drive. what do you think they should do?


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Yeah, I've noticed a big

Yeah, I've noticed a big increase in the out of bounds turnovers since the season started, it seems as if they made them smaller o_O, kinda weird...

But yeah...just by standing in a corner 3 spot, guys like Shaq(ex) would be out of bounds, and since guys are getting much bigger, it should be extended just a tad

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no question. They have been

no question. They have been saying this since I started watching basketball. At least 1 foot on each side would make a big difference.

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Wider Court / Higher Rim

I don't really have an opinion on a wider court but the same thing was true for many years in terms of the 10 foot height of the basket. It really doesn't matter how valid the point is, there are good reasons why the higher rim and a wider court will probably never happen and those are financial and/or practical matters.

You have to think way beyond just the NBA, there are thousands of basketball courts in America. Who's going to pay to widen all of those courts and/or raise the rim? And the other point is practical, can you actually widen every court in America?

And the issue is much more complicated than simply removing one row of stands. Please see my post below which raises all of the many complex issues in what, on the surface, sounds like such a simple thing.

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You don't need to widen

You don't need to widen every court in America to widen NBA ones. It is not that big of a difference that you can't play on an NBA regulation court! Widening NBA courts would help the game and would NOT be some huge expensive project. Take out one row of seats.

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B-ball fan, it's more complicated than that

B-ball fan, you make it sound like it's a simple thing, just take out one row of stands and voila, we have a wider court and a better game. Well here are some things for you to consider, and it's probably even more complicated then I will describe below.

1. Removing one row of stands is relatively expensive, as well as the fact that you would be moving/rearranging the most expensive seats in the house. You would have to do this in every NBA arena.
2. Even if you remove the row, then every court in the NBA has to be redesigned and rebuilt. Do you really believe in these tough economic times that NBA owners would fork up that kind of money to pay engineers and/or architects to do that kind of work just to gain an extra foot or two on the court?
3. Then the owners will have to pay to build new courts for every arena in the league.
4. Are you going to have two courts in every arena where NBA basketball is played, one for the NBA and one for college or high school games? Who's going to pay to maintain, store, and move two courts?
5. As I mentioned above, where you took away points because you don't understand the history of issues such as this one, this isn't the first time something like this has come up for discussion.

The court size and/or height of the rim issue goes way beyond the NBA. When the topic came up several years ago about raising the height of the rims in the NBA, one of the main reasons it wasn't done was an overriding desire to keep the size of basketball courts and the height of rims consistent in all areas of the country and at all levels of the game. For example, they didn't want a ten foot rim for college ball and an 11 foot rim for the NBA.

The other reason are the expenses involved, which you seem to think are trivial, but they really aren't. There are a lot of hidden expenses. You have to pay people to design new courts, pay to build them, remove the old ones, install the new courts, etc. And for what, to gain an extra foot or two? It ain't gonna happen any time soon in these difficult economic times.

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