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Oct 25 2012

Geno Rims Out


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It’s kind of hard to argue with Geno Auriemma. For those who live in the NFL, NBA, and MLB bubble, he’s the women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and he happens to have coached UConn to seven national titles.

In a recent article in the Hartford Current, Auriemma believes that the women’s game isn’t growing because some players can’t shoot and miss lay-ups. To fix this, he suggests lowering the rim to improve players’ offensive efficiency. He reasons that lowering the rim would allow the average female player, who is shorter than the average male player, to be at the height of the rim when she shoots.

So what do the folks on Around the Horn think?

According to Bob Ryan, nothing the sport does will make some men watch this game . . . The game will never be played in the air like the men’s game.

Kevin Blackistone worries that female coaches, administrators, and players will be offended because here is a man telling women how to play their game. While a reference was made to softball fields being shorter than baseball fields, Blackistone rightly points out that softball is a different game from baseball.

Israel Gutierrez thinks that current players wouldn’t take Auriemma’s suggestion very well – it’s a shot to the ego.

The fact that some college players consistently miss layups and lack shooting fundamentals is ridiculous, but I’m not sure I buy that lowering the rim will help. If a player refuses to learn the correct form for shooting a left-handed lay-up (or if coaches at the high school and AAU levels don’t demand that they do so), what good is lowering the rim?

In the same article, Auriemma makes the suggestion of selecting cities to annually host the Final Four, as well as changing the dates to Friday and Sunday (rather than Sunday and Tuesday). It makes a lot of sense to bring the game back to where the real women’s basketball fans are and to make it easier for them to watch the games.

 

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