In an ESPN interview, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and VP of basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe seemed open to the idea, even hinting that the league has discussed it at some level.
Thorn even pointed out that many of today’s shooters, such as Vince Carter, could effectively shoot from any distance. ”Some of the players we have can shoot the ball from I assume it would be 30 feet? 28-30 feet,” he said. “Somewhere in there. Some of the guys we have can shoot that as easily as a 23-, 24-foot shot.”
It’s not a huge stretch to imagine players like Stephen Curry and Jamal Crawford becoming deadly four-point shooters — not to mention the perverse fun of watching the likes of J.R. Smith and Nick Young pull up for four every time down the floor.
However, it does not appear it is likely to happen anytime soon. In response to the interview with Thorn and Vandeweghe, NBA spokesman Tim Frank released a statement:
“No one at the NBA,nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line. Rod Thorn and Kiki VanDeWeghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist.”