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NBA Shot Clock Invented 1954 It was the innovation that saved professional basketball: The 24-second shot clock. Coach Howard Hobson came up with with the idea of a shot clock, but it was first used in 1954 in Syracuse, New York. There Danny Biasone, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Syracuse Nationals, experimented with a 24-second version during a scrimmage game. He then convinced the NBA to adopt it. In the pre-shot clock days, the NBA had problems attracting fans and television coverage. This was largely due to the stalling tactics used by teams once they took the lead. Without the shot clock, teams could pass the ball in the front court endlessly without penalty. If the team in the lead chose to stall, the trailing team was forced to commit fouls to get the ball back following the free throw. Low-scoring, boring games with many fouls were common. The most extreme case occurred on November 22, 1950, when the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18. A few weeks later, the Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Olympians played a soporific six-overtime game with only one shot in each overtime. The NBA tried several rule changes in the early 1950s to speed up the game and reduce fouls before eventually adopting Biasone's idea. How did Biasone arrive at the strange figure of 24 seconds? According to Biasone, 'I looked at the box scores from games I enjoyed, games where they didn't screw around and stall. I noticed each team took about 60 shots. That meant 120 shots per game. So I took 48 minutes--2,880 seconds--and divided that by 120 shots. The result was 24 seconds per shot.' When the shot clock first came into vogue, it made players so nervous that it hardly came into play; players were generally taking fewer than 20 seconds to shoot. According to Syracuse player Dolph Schayes, 'We thought we had to take quick shots. But as time went on, we saw the inherent genius in Danny's 24 seconds. You could work the ball around for a good shot.'
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Added: 15th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-15 
Here's another basketball innovation that a reader suggested in Sports Illustrated years ago. I thought it was a great idea: There should be no game clock in basketball. Games should be played to 100 points. Once a team reaches 50 points, that's halftime. Once a team reaches 100 points, that's game. Why would this be a boon to basketball? There would be no tactical advantage to committing fouls. Intentional fouling would vanish from the sport.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-11-16 
I was watching The Battle for Tobacco Road on HBO recently and they showed UNC vs. Duke in a game from the 60's in which the Tar Heels instituted the Four Corners offense which brought the game to a complete standstill. In college they have the 30 second shot clock.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-16 
In the pre-shot clock days of the NCAA, Tennessee beat Temple 11-6 on December 15, 1973 in a tournament hosted by the Volunteers. The game was so boring that riot police were summoned in case the angry crowd turned ugly.
Posted by: TheSaint on 2009-11-16 
Right you are Eric - Dean Smith of the UNC Tarheels used to drive teams crazy with that four corners stall. Las Vegas probably had it changed because huge underdogs could keep the game close.
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