Rob Parker: “Steph Curry ruined the NBA with the ridiculous three's… He was making those shots and winning those MVP’s, and the Warriors were winning, so people decided that EVERYBODY could take three’s. That’s when I say that he RUINED it… Games are averaging EIGHTY THREES A GAME taken now in an NBA game. Even Popovich in the ESPN article said ‘It’s not basketball anymore, it’s not beautiful.' You don’t care who out-rebounded people, and how many turnovers you had, NONE of that matters. It’s only about how many three’s you made… Steph ruined it because he was good, and he was pulling up from three-quarters or half-court and taking shots. Early on in his career, if he had missed some of those and was just a ‘good’ shooter from there and not a ‘great’ shooter, maybe it would have changed people, and it would have tempered people.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Rob Parker explain why he thinks Steph Curry ‘ruined’ the NBA with this perimeter prowess, as Rob believes Steph triggered the league’s infatuation with ‘ridiculous’ three-point attempts from practically every spot on the floor, and literally from every player on the team.
Parker was referencing a 2018 interview with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has long been a detractor of the three-point shot, as Pop explained how the league’s influx in perimeter shooting was diluting the game, and effectively making obsolete many previously vital facets of the game.
"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."
During the 2000-2001 season, NBA teams attempted an average of 13.7 three-pointers per game.
Twenty years later in 2020-2021 and teams are attempting almost three times that at 34.8 threes per game.
Check out the video above as Rob details why he thinks these nightly three-point shooting contests have taken the thrill away from the game and made statistics like rebounds, points in the paint, turnovers, steals, blocks, and even overall field goal percentage almost meaningless now.