If the NBA Were to Change Anything on the Court, This is What it Should Be

We've all heard all the talk about adding a four point line, but people aren't thinking about how that will factor in to the current NBA courts. I know I'm going to sound like an old man here, but I'd like to see the restricted area moved, or gone all together. This means that the center will be more useful like they were in the 80's and 90's. Instead of a four point line, I would recommend adjusting the current three point line halfway between the current three point line and where the four point line would be if it was on the court. This way it's harder to make threes and teams can't just shoot away from three, they have to be a balanced team and be able to do everything.

I've saved my best for last and it's a big one that isn't being talked about enough, widening the court and widening the area between the out of bounds line and the fans. If the above recommendation was taken into action about extending the three point line, the court would need to be wider, but even now, players, coaches, and fans would like to see the court wider. Players that are on the corner edge of the court don't have much space between the three point line and the out of bounds line, and I'm sure they like more space. Also, due to the lack of space, it's hard to quickly judge if you're over the three point line or not. Now, about the widening of space between the out of bounds line and fans. You see it almost every game, players diving for loose balls and crashing into the scorers table or a fan in the front row, occasionally a photographer on one of the two ends. There really isn't much space at all between the out of bounds line and the fans because arenas are trying to fit in as many people as possible. Players are less inclined to dive for a ball for fear they will have to jump over the scorers table or hurdle a fan, and I would feel the same way. Players need more space to play the game and not be held to just the court. So in the end it would be beneficial to move back the scorers table and maybe just take out the first row of seating, however, I would keep the photographers where they are because it's important for them to be close so they can get good, up close shots of players.

Please, let me know in the comments if you disagree with me, I want to know how others feel about these ideas. Thank you for reading.

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