Crosscut: Enough of that Dunk Bunk


Seattle's online newspaper Crosscut has a front page story today on "For the Love of the Game" basketball exhibition. 

Early this week a dozen-odd basketball players got together here and shot at standard backboards, deliberately missing on the high side by about a foot. They were practicing for Saturday afternoon, June 16, when, at the University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion, they'll play an exhibition game using what some would call heresy and others would call high time: an 11-foot rim instead of the traditional 10-footer.

The Big Game, as it could accurately be called, was dreamed up among the three principals of Family Sports Life Today, a group devoted to quality coaching and, since January, to staging a public experiment about the efficacy of raising the bar, so to speak, for men's college and pro basketball.

Tom Newell, director of the group, said Tuesday, June 12, that he remains open-minded as to whether (as many have suggested during an era of larger, stronger, springier basketball players) the rim should be raised. He said the goal, so to speak, is simply to have players and spectators participate in the spectacle and decide for themselves. This will be enabled by live coverage of the 1 p.m. event on Fox Sports Northwest, with sports-talk radio KJR-AM (950) also airing the action. Admission is free, though Newell would like attendees to bring non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest.

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