11-Foot Rims--Taking the Hoop to New Heights

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An article in today's Seattle Times previews the game.  Players and coaches are excited as they face the new challenge of raised hoops.

"Just walking in the gym, it just looks massive," Binetti said Tuesday as he glanced up at a rim 11 feet above the court at Edmundson Pavilion.

Earlier that day, University of Washington athletic department personnel used 1-foot wood platforms to raise the standards for an exhibition game Saturday.

Tom Newell, a former Sonics assistant coach and now co-director of Family SportsLife Today, is staging the exhibition. He has titled it, "For the Love of the Game," to show basketball might be better-played with an 11-foot hoop.

Newell thinks it will decrease dunking and the emphasis on individual play and increase teamwork and passing. A few other rules will also be tweaked, such as not allowing three-point shots until the fourth quarter.

Tipoff is Saturday at 1 p.m. and admission is free, though a canned-food donation for Northwest Harvest is requested. The game will air live on FSN and KJR (950 AM).

Newell has been planning the event for months but finally saw the hoops go up Tuesday morning.

"I feel like an 11-year-old," Newell said as the work was completed.

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The players, mostly former college players with local ties -- current NBA players aren't allowed to participate because of league rules -- are curious to see what unfolds. Except for basketball shoes, a few meals from sponsors, and some exposure, the players are volunteering their time.

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