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When did the beautiful game of basketball change?!

      When did standing around the three point line become a thing in the NBA? Watching today's modern game and our Celtics, sometimes I just shake my head. While the Celtics played very well vs the Warriors, all I can see are multiple players just hanging out around the three point line having a cup of coffee. 

     How can you generate an offense by doing that? It really boggles my mind. I recall the days of when the ball would move and in a way that brought joy to those who watched. Anyone who saw Bird, Magic and Jordan can say they changed the game in a great way. 

     Bird and those Celtics teams moved the ball with pace, grace and beauty. They always came out with the best possible shot. On the fast break they would end up with points in the paint. Not like today where you have a three-on-one and someone jacks up a three. That ERA of ball brought out the epitome of what Dr Naismith invented. Basketball is a simple game that when played right is true poetry in motion. 

    We don't speak too highly of the Lakers here but with Magic at the helm, their brand of showtime was flashy, but at it's core it was pure basketball. Jordan's Bulls bought into the triangle offense, it took Jordan the great scorer and made him Jordan the great player. 

     If these Celtics and this game of basketball are going to get back to its roots, it's going to take  players who will be willing to go to the Hoop! Make that extra pass, move with out the ball and get back to basics. While the three is flashy,there are so many wasted offensive sets in every game. Think about all those missed threes, imagine if you went to the hoop half of that time?! I'd take the higher percentage shot.  

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