Abdul-Jabbar slams players who like to shoot 3-pointers

kareem-abdul-jabbar-talkNBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has recently said that the 3-point shooting messed up the mentality of basketball, and he is sorry that so many players today just want to shoot three pointers.

“The whole appeal of the three-point shot has really changed people’s mentality about the game,” he said on the CBSRadio.

“During the 80’s, when we played the Boston Celtics, I think that series in 1985, the highest number of three-point shots that was taken by either team was 7,” he said. “Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a team to shoot 15-20 threes, sometimes even more. ”

Abdul-Jabbar said that when you put a premium on a low-percentage shot, it changes peoples’ minds about how to play the game.

“More guys want to stay out there, and instead of working the ball inside and taking a high-percentage shots in the paint – which is what I took – they are more likely to try a three, just because it thrills the fans and teammates,” he explained.

“The 3-point shot has added excitement to the game, but it is a low-percentage shot, and I think that really messed up the mentality of the game now,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

He added with regret that it is hard to coach young people today, as they just want to go outside and shoot from 3-point range.

Abdul-Jabbar was  a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Abdul-Jabbar played 1560 games in the NBA, averaging 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg in 36.8 mpg.


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