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Here's a few pieces and quotes from the article (with my opinion below each)
Mr. D'Antoni's first became infatuated with the 3-pointer in Europe, where he was a point guard on a fast-paced team in Italy. The line was even closer in Italy than in the NBA (20 feet, 5 inches), and Mr. D'Antoni said he immediately took to it as a player. He noticed that the fast pace of the offense usually led to open 3-pointers, and his coaching philosophy of 'take the first open shot' fit well with the fact that the first open shot was usually worth one more point than the traditional two-point basket.
How is that promoting ball movement? Fundamentally that's not sound.
"A lot of it is confidence and knowing you won't get yelled at if you shoot it. Then there's practice and getting them to understand that a wide-open shot, even if it's a little bit longer, is easier than a hard shot closer in," Mr. D'Antoni said. "We try to take easy shots. If you have confidence, most NBA guys can make them."
Perhaps if your a good shooter but then you decrease your FT attempts and ability to get the opposition in foul trouble.
"The difference is that in traditional offenses, they keep the other big in the middle," Knicks assistant coach Dan D'Antoni said. "…in our offense, that guy is on the outside, so when they come in to [guard the big man], we have a three open. That's why it works."
No, it doesn't work and that's why we get killed on the boards nearly every game. (Big reason why we lost to OKC)
So, how do you assemble such a trigger-happy group of long-range shooters? The Knicks have seven players who shoot above the league average from 3-point range, and team president Donnie Walsh said the task is easier because of how many players the staff has transformed into 3-point aces. Mr. Walsh said scouting for the right type of shooters for Mr. D'Antoni is a matter of volume, not precision.
Great, so I guess practice mostly involves 3pt shooting and less about defensive schemes.
"The big difference is we scout for the three at more positions," Mr. Walsh said. "I look for it in the point guard and in the power forward and even sometimes the center, which is very unusual."
That's not conducive to a great basketball team.
The case study of how the 3-point culture impacts players is the 6-foot-10 Mr. Gallinari, who Mr. Walsh said was drafted to drive and play inside. In his third year in the NBA, he's made 279 career 3-pointers. "It's the system that encourages it," Mr. Walsh said.
So for all the people wondering... its more the system and not Gallo on why he camps on the 3pt line.
The 3-point shot is emphasized in practice, as are the hot spots. In training camp, the coaches put pieces of tape at four spots on the floor, the two corners and the two spots at the wing referred to as the "45s" because they are at 45-degree angles from the basket. Mr. Williams said that he and a few of the team's other sharpshooters typically take a few hundred shots from those four spots each day.
Way to focus on all aspects of the game Dantoni! See, this is why when shots aren't falling they look lost.
These are just MY opinions so please do not catch a hissy fit if you don't agree with it.