Steve Kerr believes the 3-point revolution in the NBA 'here to stay' originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com
During the 1996-97 season, Steve Kerr attempted a career-high 2.9 3-pointers per game.
"I'll bet if I had to guess -- I'd say as a team we took maybe 15-16 3-point shots a game at the most," the Warriors' head coach said to Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Thursday evening. "It's just a different era, a different time."
Sorry coach, but you are wayyyyyy off. Your Bulls squad that year attempted 17.1 triples per game -- tied for 11th most in the league. This season, the Hornets attempt the 11th most, which is...
...32.6 per night.
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If the league started to allow hand-checking again, would that slow down the barrage of 3-pointers across the league?
"I don't think that's gonna happen. I think the league is very happy with the state of play, the state of the league, the scoring," Kerr answered. "The rules have been legislated to help the offensive player more than anything.
"I don't know that we are looking at anything that's gonna slow down this 3-point revolution. It just seems like it's here to stay."
Kevin Durant disagrees.
"I don't see this lasting too much longer -- just the volume of 3s," the two-time Finals MVP told reporters after last Saturday's win in Sacramento. "The way the game is played -- pickup style. It'll cease here in a second, but a lot of guys are adjusting their games to the times.
"It's fun for the fans and it's fun for us sometimes. But it's also tough to watch and tough to play against. But hey, that's what we signed up for."
I'm gonna side with Kerr on this one. If all of the rules stay the same, why would teams start shooting fewer 3-pointers? If anything, the attempts will probably continue to go up.
Perhaps things will go the other direction if the 3-point line is pushed back to a distance that makes teams re-think about offensive philosophy and/or shot selection.
But then again, perhaps we will have a 4-point line 10 years from now and players start pulling up from half court...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller