Raise the Rim

Chicago Sun Times: “Because the current 10-foot rim, which has been at that arbitrary height ever since James Naismith nailed a peach basket to the lower railing of the balcony at Springfield (Mass.) College in 1891 has ‘‘grown’’ too low.”

The author, Rick Telander, is calling for a 10-4 to 10-8 high rim. I say take it up to 12 feet. For kids coming out of college it would be the equivalent of a college baseball player moving from an aluminum bat to a wood bat in the pros. Some kids can’t adjust and wash out.

Could you imagine a 12 foot rim? People would have to rely on jump shots again. Then again, some of these beasts could jump that high.

It’ll never happen. Fans like the dunks, and after all, fans keep the game in business.