Is 3-on-3 basketball a ridiculous Olympic sport? | The Tylt
Is 3-on-3 basketball a ridiculous Olympic sport?
3-on-3 basketball is a great addition to the Olympics. Both the men’s and women’s 5-on-5 tournament has become so boring. Basketball needs a more exciting event to keep fans entertained beyond pure star power. Including 3 on 3 will allow some people to live out their Olympic dreams who aren’t 7’0 and can run like a deer.
The 3-on-3 tournament will be played with no coaches and in a half court setting. The lack of transition cuts the athletic advantage down, forcing teams to rely on screens and defense to win games. This will create closer games and a more exciting form of basketball that the Olympics have lacked for years.
There’s already a premier basketball tournament with the world's biggest stars participating. Why would the Olympics add an inferior tournament that no one will watch? 3-on-3 basketball is great for pickup games, but watching it is a struggle. There is less flow than the 5-on-5 games, and the athletes don't compare to the ones in the five-on-five tournament. There are no LeBron James', Giannis Antetokounmpo's or Pau Gasol's on the 3-on-3 side. The Olympics don’t need another basketball event.