JJ Redick Identifies One Rule Change That Could Bring Back Defense in the NBA

jj redick identifies one rule change that could bring back defense in the nba


JJ Redick believes the NBA has a spacing problem.

During his long-awaited return to ESPN’s First Take this Tuesday morning, the former NBA star shared a few words about the lack of defense in the modern game. He blames it on the excessive floor spacing created by the three-point ‘evolution.’

“I want to start with one simple concept – and that’s just space,” Redick began. “The amount of space that has been created by the three-point evolution, the amount of space that has been created by teams embracing analytics and the fact that players, as they come into the NBA, what’s that No. 1 thing you have to develop? You have to develop a three-point shot.”

So, how would Redick attempt to fix the NBA’s spacing problem?

He says he’d like to address one rule – but no, it’s not hand checking.

“The hand-checking part, that rule evolved a lot… you can bring back hand-checking… if you hand-check an offensive player right now… and you put your hand on him… do you not think they’re skilled enough and smart enough, that they’ve practiced this enough, that they’re literally just going to gather the ball and go into their shooting motion to earn a shooting foul?

“Hand-checking is not the answer. I’m going to tell you what I think the answer is… we need to get rid of the defensive three-second rule. We need to go to the FIBA rule, where you can be in the paint for as long as you want.”

Redick went on to explain that the defensive three-second rule was added into the NBA rulebook to create space.

But now that there’s simply too much, removing the rule – and allowing defenders to camp out in the paint – could help limit the scoring explosion in the NBA over the last few years.

Would you like to see the defensive three-second rule removed from the NBA rulebook?

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