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Brooklyn Nets newly signed player Jason Collins practices before playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) Brooklyn Nets newly signed player Jason Collins practices before playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)  

NBA has considered a four-point shot, bigger court to improve game

The NBA’s president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe said Tuesday that they have considered making basketball courts larger and potentially adding a four-point shot.

The current court size is 94 feet by 50 feet, but VanDeWeghe said that with players’ increasing athleticism, making the game more challenging might be something to look into.

“Making the court bigger — it’s an interesting idea and we’ve actually looked at it, VanDeWeghe told ESPN. “We keep a list of ideas on what we should do and how we can make the game better, of course.”

He acknowledged that this might create a financial burden to redo existing venues: “But arenas are obviously built in a certain way and that would take a lot of adjusting to actually make the court bigger. But does it mean we shouldn’t look at it? No, of course not. We’re looking at all sorts of things.”

Thorn said that a four-point shot is an idea “that’s come up,” but did not expand on the real possibility of it being adopted. Fans shouldn’t expect these possibilities to turn into reality anytime soon if owners have any say.

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