In our time running the HoopIdea project, we've come up with some compelling ideas to tweak the NBA game for the better. We've received some stellar suggestions and feedback from writers and commenters, but what about, you know, the actual players that play the game?
Well, that's where Shane Battier comes in. Battier spends a lot of time thinking about ways to improve the NBA and the game we all love. At the Heat's practice on Monday, I took him aside to go over some of the ideas that have been published in this here space.
He was receptive to many ideas -- for instance, he gave two thumbs up to Matt Scribbins' idea of encouraging buzzer beaters at the end of quarters. But he wasn't on board with others. He didn't agree with Jeff Van Gundy's idea to raise the number of allowed individual fouls. "To Van Gundy’s point that best players play more, fouls also mean that the ball is taken out of bounds more. Fans want to see basketball, not free throws."
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