Auriemma wants to lower rim for women
When you have won seven national championships people tend to listen to you. Even if they think it is heresy.
Geno Auriemma, who turned Connecticut into a national power in women’s basketball, wants the game to lower its sights.
That would be the sight-line of the rim.
Auriemma, fresh off coaching a gold medal team in the Summer Olympics, is talking about the stunted growth of the women’s game. He believes fans are looking for ways to push offensive output by lowering the rim “about seven inches” from its present 10-foot height.
“What makes fans not want to watch women’s basketball is that some of the players can’t shoot and they miss layups and that forces the game to slow down,” the coach told John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant.
“How do you help improve that? Lower the rim. Do you think the average fan knows that the net is lower in women’s volleyball than men’s volleyball….Now there would be few missed layups because the players are actually at the rim. Shooting percentages go up. There would be more tip-ins.”
Auriemma says he will propose that the rules committee allow teams to scrimmage with a lower rim, a 24-second clock and and 8-second backcourt rule.