Over the past few years, a lot of pundits and media members have shared their opinion on how the NBA could be fixed or altered to make it a more enjoyable game.
Some of these opinions can be extreme to subtle and in between, but few get serious consideration from the league, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver and company try to figure out how to put the best product on the floor on a nightly basis during the season and throughout the playoffs.
The most recent radical idea to change the game and “fix” the NBA comes from former head coach and current ESPN analyst/commentator Jeff Van Gundy.
Although Van Gundy has his moments and can point out some pretty obvious flaws during NBA games when others wouldn’t have the nerve to, his latest take is a little extreme, with no way the league would even think to consider it as he wants to do away with free throws until the last four minutes via NBA Central.
Jeff Van Gundy on how he’d fix the NBA:
“Eliminate free throws until the last four minutes. If you get fouled on a shooting foul, you just get the points. You don’t go to the line. And you don’t go to the line for technical free throws. They’re just points. Then I would… pic.twitter.com/I7OuD6dJ2m
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 31, 2023
Not only does Van Gundy suggest doing away with free throws and simply giving points to teams for fouls and technical fouls, but he also wants to get rid of the halftime period as well or at least condense it to enough time for players and coaches to use the bathroom.
There have been some crazy takes in the past, but Van Gundy may have topped them all with these suggestions, as they would change the game entirely.
For one, the league wouldn’t like it because it eliminates opportunities for advertising and halftime shows, and we all know it comes down to money in professional sports.NEXT: NBA Insider Shows Latest Odds For Finals MVP