Gregg Popovich Says Dominant Three-Point Shooting is Ruining The NBA

The Golden State Warriors dynasty has been built completely around the elite and historic three-point shooting, led by the game's greatest shooter ever in Stephen Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson.

There has been a greater emphasis on three-point shooting than ever before, with a bulk of teams trying to build their game around shots from beyond the arc.

This does not sit well with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, whose coaching schemes don't rely one bit on the long range shots. Coach Pop told Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls' website why he hates the fact that dominant three-point shooters are taking over the game of basketball.

"I hate it, but I always have. I've hated the three for 20 years. That's why I make a joke all the time (and say) if we're going to make it a different game, let's have a four-point play.

"Because if everybody likes the three, they'll really like the four. People will jump out of their seats if you have a five-point play. It will be great. There's no basketball anymore, there's no beauty in it. It's pretty boring. But it is what it is and you need to work with it."

Popovich has been extremely vocal about this style of basketball for a while, but one can't simply argue that he's being a poor sport about it. The Spurs have won five NBA championships under coach Pop since 1999, and they've made the playoffs in 21 straight years.


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Throughout his coaching career, Popovich has used big men and powerful two-way players like Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Kawhi Leonard to carry the offense. Even though All-Star point guard Tony Parker was key in four of the Spurs' championship victories, he dazzled more with his playmaking than three-point shooting.

Thus, it's easy to understand why Popovich doesn't like the long range shots. His teams have never been built around it, and quite frankly, there's virtually no stopping what teams like the Warriors can do.

What This Means

While coaches like Popovich have spent decades drawing up different offensive schemes, players like Curry and Thompson are just draining three-pointers from all over the court. It's changed the game of basketball, and it's here to stay for a while.

Popovich is never afraid to speak his mind, and he is simply letting the Warriors and other slick three-point shooters know that they made the game of basketball very boring for him.


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