Friday, August 16, 2019

4-on-4 Full Court Basketball

Mathematically, 4-on-4 full court basketball is superior to 5-on-5 full court, because the run and gun game returns! Fast break basketball would come back! There would be more great passes, dunks, and alley-oops. Blocking the ball on the bank board! Everything the fans loved about fast break Showtime basketball would come back.

4-on-4 full court basketball would also probably make Mark Cuban lose a billion dollars. The NBA is a Monopoly right now owned by mostly white owners, who are often millionaires and billionaires.

When you bust a monopoly with a better product, the old product loses out big. And the owners of that product lose big. It's a lesson of economics. Somehow, I don't think they will starve to death though.

All that needs to happen is that a bunch of basketball players need to get together with their money and their skills and start playing 4-on-4 full court. They need to create better highlights, better television content, television shows, tournaments, and at least one new league. 

The television shows can be reality TV shows that focus on their personal lives, as well as TV shows all about playing the games. Personally, I think a reality show should start on day one and should follow the entire process of a basketball entrepreneur starting the process of making 4-on-4 full court basketball happen. This person, male or female, can be followed from the concept to the execution of a billion dollar business.

Imagine, doing all the interviews with basketball players all over the world with professional basketball skills that don't even get to play today. There are not enough jobs for all the players who can play today.

Let's fix things. Let's let the players play!

Copyright (c) 2019 Brad Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing treatment and script being published on this blog, because sooner or later somebody is going to recognize a great idea when they see one. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mathematically, 4-on-4 is Better!

HOST

In basketball, basically 50% of 2-point shots are made and 40% of 3-pointers are made. 

ANALYST

So, 50% of 2-pointers are made, take 100 shots, make 50, that equals 100 points. 

Take 100 3-pointers, make 40%, 40 baskets equals 120 points! That's why all they ever do in the NBA anymore is shoot three-pointers.

HOST

Mathematically, 4-on-4 full Court is better than 5-on-5 full court for fast breaks dunks and alley-oops. 

ANALYST

Yes, basketball can be made fantastic again by making it run and gun again. Play 4-on-4! 


This is an ongoing script and treatment for how to fix basketball!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Why do Great Basketball Players Ride the Bench?

HOST
Let me speak directly to the current NBA players riding the bench. Why are you sitting on the bench? You are an incredible basketball player! You have unbelievable skills. You've got handles, you can run, jump, dunk, you can fly down the court. You are big, tall, and fast. Yet, you're sitting on the bench!

ANALYST
I understand your outrage. We have an over-supply of great basketball players and an under-supply of games for them to play in.

HOST
How do we fix things?

ANALYST
We do two things. First, we start playing 4-on-4 full court, because this will bring back fast-break basketball, which is the style of basketball that's the most fun to play, and has the most highlights! Four-on-4 full court is also the most fun basketball to watch. Remember Phi Slama Jama™ and Clyde Drexler? Remember Magic Johnson on the fast break? That's the kind of basketball that gives you chills. Today, basketball players stand around a lot, they walk a lot, and they pass around the perimeter a lot.

Second, we combine modern media with basketball! We could start with a reality TV show starring basketball players becoming entrepreneurs. We drive home the point that mathematics says 4-on-4 beats 5-on-5 every day of the week and twice on Sundays!

You could take eight great multi-millionaire basketball players that are currently riding the bench and turn them into an entire new basketball league playing a better style of basketball!

COMMENTATOR
Why not just get eight guys that are about to retire from the NBA, and have them start-up new TV shows and 4-on-4 full court games? There are also all kinds of angel investors and venture capitalists out there. Who wouldn't want to invest in the more fun league? A 4-on-4 league would be more fun for the players and more fun for the fans. Who wouldn't want to invest in a better game with better highlights?

ANALYST
Why are all these great players riding the bench when they could be playing in the more fun league, the more run and gun league, the higher scoring league, the league with more highlights!

HOST
It sounds like you're saying people need to think outside the box and innovate.

ANALYST
Absolutely, combine better basketball with social media, reality TV, and scripted TV and you can let players who want to play, who love to play, run and gun!

COMMENTATOR
Why isn't there another basketball league? How come the NFL has been competed with over and over, yet it's pretty much a game only America plays. Meanwhile, basketball is an international game and hardly anybody tries to innovate and compete. Where are the basketball entrepreneurs?

ANALYST
We need basketball entrepreneurs! I can name a bunch of organizations that have taken on the NFL. And, some of them have done so very successfully. Here's a list:

  • The American Football League
  • Arena Football
  • The AAF
  • The XFL  
  • The All-America Football Conference 
  • The American Football League
  • The USFL (United States Football League)
  • The WFL (World Football League)

COMMENTATOR
It would be much easier to start a new basketball league, because basketball is worldwide! As you said, football is pretty much in America only. The entire world loves basketball!

Copyright © 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing treatment and script for all media, TV shows, video, etc., incorporating 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court basketball.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Magic Johnson and the Greek Freak Need to get Together

ANALYST
Magic Johnson and the Greek Freak (Giannis Antetokounmpo) need to get together, because Magic Johnson is an entrepreneur. Both Magic and Giannis are superstar basketball players. Magic changed the Los Angeles Lakers with Showtime, and the Greek Freak has changed the Milwaukee Bucks for the better, because Fear the Deer! 

But the most important quality either Magic or Giannis has is being an entrepreneur. You make way more money doing business than being a basketball player.

These two superstar basketball players need to bust the monopoly, the 5-on-5 monopoly. Magic Johnson with a player like the Greek Freak could do it. Any entrepreneur like Magic Johnson and virtually any other NBA player could break the monopoly. Why? Because 4-on-4 full court is better than 5-on-5 full court with today's players.

HOST
Come on, nobody understands what you're talking about.

COMMENTATOR
No, I get it. What if these two 4-player teams played each other?

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. James Harden
  4. Chris Paul

Playing against:

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo - The Greek Freak
  2. Anthony Davis
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Paul George

ANALYST
It gives me chills just to think about it! And it's all about the math.

ANNOUNCER
Oh no, don't bring math into it. 

COMMENTATOR
He's got to! Where have you been? This is the age of Sabermetrics and analytics.

ANALYST
Look it's not really about the math! It's about fast break basketball! And the math tells us how to create fast break basketball. I'm tired of watching NBA players stand around. I want non-stop fast break basketball!

COMMENTATOR
I can't disagree with that.

HOST
How?

ANALYST
All we have to do is make the two point shot more valuable by making players more likely to make the two-point shot. The way to do that is to remove two players from the court. That removes a whole lot of defense! Play 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court.

Right now, NBA players make about 50% of their 2-point shots. That means if you shoot 100 shots, you make 50, and that's 100 points.

And right now, NBA players make about 35% of their three point shots. That means if you shoot 100 shots, you make 35, and that is 105 points.

COMMENTATOR
I get it. It's better to shoot 3-point shots. That's why NBA players stand around a lot and pass around the perimeter a lot. That's why today's game is so boring. There's no magic! There's no Phi Slama Jama™ like the University of Houston used to have.

ANALYST
Exactly. but what if you start playing 4-on-4 instead of 5-on-5? Who is going to stop the Greek Freak then? With only eight players on the floor, the driving lanes will be open, the Greek Freak will be able to fast break all the time. The same will be true for every other biggest, tallest, fastest, basketball player with great endurance. They will be able to run non-stop, because there will be room to run. 

COMMENTATOR
And more fast breaks means more dunks. It means more running and gunning! it means more highlights. It means more great passes. It means basketball played the way we love basketball the most.

ANALYST
Remember, right now NBA players only make about 50% of their 2-point shots. With two players removed, playing 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court, we can expect a lot more fast breaks and dunks. We can expect the two-point shot percentage to go up nearer 70%. That means if you shoot 100 shots, you make 70 shots, You score 140 points a game! That's the wide open basketball that people really love. And, you still have the three point shot!

4-on-4 Beats 5-on-5!

Copyright © 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing treatment and script for all media, TV shows, video, etc., with 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court basketball.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NBA Players Need to Quit Complaining about Fouls and Lack of Ownership!

ANNOUNCER
The Houston Rockets have been complaining that they are not getting foul calls from the referees. 

COMMENTATOR
Yet, James Harden jumps forward when he shoots, initiates contact, and wants the defender to be called for the foul. It's smart basketball, but not necessarily fair or fun basketball. And, Chris Paul is no shrinking violet about making contact! They are both superstar athletes and they would benefit from more wide open basketball with less contact. And, they should be both be owners.

ANALYST
Yes, millionaire NBA players complain about fouls. They also complain that they don't get to be coaches, don't get to be managers, and don't get to be owners of the teams. The millionaires complain about the billionaires that own the majority of everything. Yet, the players willingly participate in the monopoly instead of trying to change it. They fail to innovate.

COMMENTATOR
So we've got two problems. first, basketball is boring. Not enough running, gunning, and dunking. And, second, players can't become owners.

ANALYST
Yes two problems! And by fixing one you can fix the other. We have lost the essential beauty of professional basketball. In the games today, they run 3-point line to 3-point line. It’s become perimeter ball.

ANNOUNCER
What can we do?

COMMENTATOR
We can fix play 4-on-4 full court. We can bring back running full court instead of just three-point line to three-point line.

It's math. We make it more likely to make two point baskets! Play 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court.

If you make 33% of your 3-point shots and you shoot 100 shots that means you make 33 baskets, times 3 points, equals 99 points. This is today’s game.

If you make 45% of your two-point shots and you shoot 100 shots that means you make 45 baskets, times 2 points, equals 90 points. This is also today’s game.

So, it's better to shoot three pointers in 5-on-5 games. But, basketball would be much more exciting if it was all about running and dunking!

What if these two 4-player teams played each other?

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. James Harden
  4. Chris Paul

Playing against:

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo - The Greek Freak
  2. Anthony Davis
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Paul George

COMMENTATOR
That game should be 140 - 139! There should be 40 dunks! And, guess which team I pick to win?

ANNOUNCER 
Who would win? 

ANALYST
Let’s play the game! Playing 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court makes sense! It would make room for wide open basketball! Like our commentator said, running, gunning, and dunking!

With 4-on-4 player should make 60% - 70% of their two-point shots, and if you shoot 100 shots, that means you make 60 - 70 baskets, times 2 points each equals 120 - 140 points. Plus you still got three-pointers! It would be like the former ABA with high scoring games! Dr. J time again!

Let’s face it. It's better to run and gun! It's better to fast break! It's better to go for dunks! That’s the kind of basketball that gives me chills. That’s that kind of basketball that is played by the biggest, tallest, fastest players. The true superstars! 

Things can change. A couple of NBA players need to start reality TV shows, scripted TV shows, games, tournaments, a league, or leagues, all about playing 4-on-4 full court. They need to become owners. This is the script and treatment to start making basketball fun again. It's math!

Copyright © 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing treatment and script for all media, TV shows, video, etc., incorporating 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court basketball.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler, and Vince Carter

ANNOUNCER

Think of the tallest, fastest, greatest basketball players!


COMMENTATOR

Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler, and Vince Carter were four of the greatest fast break basketball players of all time! They could all finish with fantastic dunks. They were outstanding at running and gunning! They were, and are, a fearsome foursome!


ANNOUNCER

You're talking about Air Jordan, Dr. J, Phi Slama Jama™, and Vinsanity!


ANALYST

I used to love basketball, but I hate it now. Mostly, I try to watch the last two minutes of today's NBA, or of the NCAA games. In the games today, they mostly run 3-point line to 3-point line. They mostly pass the ball around the perimeter. Boring! So so boring! I remember when players used to fly!


ANNOUNCER

What can we do?


ANALYST/COMMENTATOR

We can fix basketball! We can fix basketball by playing 4-on-4 full court. We can bring back the non-stop running and excitement that we all used to enjoy. We can bring back the highlights!


The answer is math. It's analytics. What do we love? Fast break basketball. What would bring it back? Answer: Making it more likely to make two point baskets! We can do that by playing 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court.


Right now the NBA is sort of like this: If you make 35% of your 3-point shots, and you shoot 100 shots, that means you make 35 baskets, times 3 points, equals 105 points.


If you make 50% of your two-point shots, and you shoot 100 shots, that means you make 50 baskets, times 2 points, equals 100 points.


SO, mathematically, it's better to shoot three pointers. But, basketball would be much more exciting if it was better to dunk!


ANNOUNCER

Who would be your dream team for that historical fearsome foursome to play against?


COMMENTATOR

That's easy, it would be LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kawhi Leonard.


ANNOUNCER

You're talking about King James, KD, the Greek Freak, and The Klaw.


COMMENTATOR

That's right! Imagine those two sets of four player teams going against each other full court! In their prime!


ANNOUNCER

But it seems strange. Why remove the two players? Why go from five-on-five to 4-on-4?


COMMENTATOR

Removing two players and playing 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court makes tremendous sense. Many of today's players are nearly 7-ft tall and have 7 ft wingspans. These players are essentially taking up 38 square feet of space each when they play defense. By removing two such players you are freeing up 76 square feet of space! That's a lot of space! That makes room for wide open basketball!


Suddenly, passing lanes will be open. Driving Lanes will be open for dunks. Players will make a higher percentage of two point shots!


If you make 60% of your two-point shots, and you shoot 100 shots, that means you make 60 baskets, times 2 points, equals 120 points!


Suddenly, it's way better to run and gun again! It's way better to fast break again! It's way better to go for dunks!


Fast break basketball is the kind of basketball we all used to love. It's the basketball that thrilled us. It's what we dreamed about. It's Showtime! Let's bring the chills back by playing 4-on-4 full court.


Today's basketball players all have the handles, and all have the speed, to play 4-on-4 full court. We wouldn't have to wait for the last few minutes of games for them to get exciting. The entire game would be exciting from start to finish.


ANNOUNCER

I'm with you. bring back players playing like Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and Phi Slama Jama™ as the University of Houston used to do (they own the trademark). Russell Westbrook comes to mind!


Copyright © 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing treatment and script for all media incorporating 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court basketball.





Friday, April 26, 2019

Cloning Russell Westbrook!

ANNOUNCER
No one is more exciting than Russell Westbrook when he's running because Russell Westbrook goes full speed full court.

COMMENTATOR
Agreed, when he has room, Russell Westbrook is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. When Russell has room to fly, he can really fly.

ANNOUNCER
The skills of today's professional basketball players are off the charts.

COMMENTATOR
Absolutely! Did you see the Portland trail blazers in the NBA playoffs! The players coming off the bench for Portland have great run and gun skills! They would be fantastic in any other setting. 

ANNOUNCER
What setting would that be?

COMMENTATOR
We need a new basketball league. We need new basketball shows. We need new basketball tournaments. We need to take the guys sitting on the bench from all these professional teams and let them start all the time, and play non-stop, four-on-four full court. I would much rather see great athletes running and gunning full court, four-on-four, than playing the slow five-on-five, 3-point line to 3-point line, game we have today. There would be way more highlights! Let's open up the game by playing 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court.

Copyright (c) Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing script and treatment for all media for TV shows, movies, videos, games, tournaments, highlights, etc. for 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Basketball Doesn't have to be Boring

ANNOUNCER
I'm so sick of watching basketball players run from 3-point line to 3-point line. It's boring!

COMMENTATOR
I hate it! What I loved about basketball was running and gunning. There was nothing better or more beautiful than fast break basketball. Now all they do is run 3 point line to 3 point line and bore the heck out of me!

ANNOUNCER
Yes, I'm watching these NBA playoffs and sometimes I just can't stand it.

COMMENTATOR
Yes, with the talent level we have today It's horrible the way the game is being played. These players today can all handle the ball. They are phenomenally talented. They can run full court, basket to basket, non-stop they have such great endurance.

ANNOUNCER
Yes but the game shackles them.

COMMENTATOR
Absolutely. It's all about mathematics. All we need to do is change the game enough so that these great athletes can make 70% of their 2-point shots. that would suddenly make it worthwhile too fast break all the time! We would see non-stop dunks! The players would be constantly running and gunning. There would be 10 times more highlights, maybe 100 times more highlights! 

ANNOUNCER
So what do we do? 

COMMENTATOR
We play four on four full court! Suddenly the players will have the room to run and gun all the time. The players will have the room to fast break all the time. Basketball will be more exciting again. There will be more highlights again. Basketball will be beautiful!

Copyright (c) 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing script and treatment for 4 on 4 full court basketball in all media, 3 on 3 full court basketball in all media, 2 on 2 full court basketball in all media, and one-on-one full court basketball in all media.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Virginia vs. Texas Tech

ANNOUNCER 1
This NCAA national championship game is killing me! There is no offense. Basketball players today have outgrown the size of the basketball court. There are no passing lanes. There is no driving to the bucket. There is literally too much defense. The answer is 4on4Ball™

ANNOUNCER 2
These great players can't run and gun because they need to be playing four on four instead of five on five. They need space to run and gun.

ANNOUNCER 1
The opportunity is there for entrepreneurial former basketball players to start television shows, streaming video, etcetera about 4 on 4 full court with basketball players that are constantly flying down the court. We need dunks, ally oops, fast breaks, and speed again. We need high-scoring games! 

Copyright (c) 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing script and treatment.




Sunday, April 7, 2019

Final Four - boring!

COMMENTATOR 1
In the final four, Virginia beat Auburn 63 - 62. Texas Tech beat Michigan State 61 - 51. 

COMMENTATOR 2
In that NCAA Final Four, I saw some of the greatest athletes in the world play two of the most boring basketball games ever. Neither team scored over 63 points.

COMMENTATOR 1
The scoring was historically low.

COMMENTATOR 2
Basketball is broken! And the math clearly says so. Most importantly, those great athletes could have played a far more enjoyable and entertaining game!

COMMENTATOR 1
Explain yourself, without boring the heck out of us!

COMMENTATOR 2
It's simple! What do I love about basketball? It's the fast breaks. It's the running and gunning! It's the full court, high-speed, game with spectacular passes ending with amazing dunks. It's the high scoring high flying basketball of my youth. It makes me sick seeing great athletes standing around and passing the ball around the 3-point line. Snoozer! 

COMMENTATOR 1
Actually I agree with you. The first 38 minutes of the first game were boring. The last two minutes were finally great. It was the same with the second game. There were a few good minutes but the rest of the time it was all a defensive clamp down. Where's the offense?

COMMENTATOR 2
The solution is ridiculously easy. Play 4-on-4 full court basketball. Yes, 4on4Ball(TM) would let great players play great wide open games and score over 100 points every game.

Run and gun! Bring back the magic!

Copyright (c) 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing script and treatment. 




Saturday, March 30, 2019

Gonzaga versus Texas Tech

CHARACTER ONE
This Gonzaga versus Texas tech NCAA basketball tournament game is a great example of why we need four on four full court.

CHARACTER TWO
Why?

CHARACTER ONE
Because these are two great teams, yet, it's only 37-35 at halftime. There are 10 great players on the floor. If there were only eight players, four on four full court, this would be a rim-rattling full court fast break game. There would be astonishing offense. There would be fast break after fast break and dunk after dunk.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

4on4Ball™

We need to fix basketball by going to 4 on 4 full court. Four on 4 full court basketball will bring back the fast break, the most exciting thing about basketball. It's all about the mathematics. 

Sabermetrics. 

Then comes 3 on 3 full court, 2 on 2 full court, and 1 on 1 full court.

4on4Ball

4-on-4Ball

4-on-4 Ball

Copyright (c) Bradley Hennenfent, MD. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

James Harden Could be Better

CHARACTER ONE
I'm watching James Harden play right now as the Houston rockets are playing the Milwaukee Bucks. James Harden is spectacular. He looks like the best one-on-one player in the NBA. But he could be better.
CHARACTER 2
I suspect the reason Daryl Morey obtained James Harden was because of his basketball statistics. James Harden is often the best at what he does, shoot layups, or shoot 3-pointers. And, he almost never shoots a mid-range shot which is only worth two points and is a relatively low percentage shot.
CHARACTER ONE
But James Harden would be much better if he was playing four-on-four full court instead of five-on-five. when James Harden finishes with the NBA he needs to get other players together and start a four-on-four full-court basketball league by licensing the copyright to this ongoing treatment and script for TV shows and all other media, whether it is for reality shows, scripted shows, non-scripted shows, etc. Unleash the talent of these exceptional basketball players with less defense against them! Mathematically it would be fantastic. Once again we would have full court basketball with non-stop run-and-gun style. Where has the fastbreak gone? It died with the three-point line.
CHARACTER 2
Yes, today I watched sports commentators talk about the Rooney rule and how players are not becoming coaches, managers, and owners. Here is a way that current players and retired players could become coaches, managers, and owners of a whole new league! Or a TV show or a TV series or tournaments. There could be a style of basketball with far more dunks, fast breaks, and alley oops than ever before in history. It's all about four-on-four full-court, 3 on 3 full court, 2 on 2 full court, and one on one full court. A talented basketball player, or any interested person, just needs to become an entrepreneur to change the world of basketball forever.

Copyright (c) 2019 Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD

Monday, December 10, 2018

Professional Basketball Players Need to be Entrepreneurs

CHARACTER ONE
I hear that a fourth professional football league is starting up with Ricky Williams and 50 other former players behind it. It's going to be called the Freedom Football league.

CHARACTER TWO
That's great! Finally, football players are showing some entrepreneurial spirit.

CHARACTER ONE
What professional athletes don't realize is that their single best chance of taking over a league, becoming owners, and finally being in charge, is starting a new 4-on-4 full-court basketball league. You can't patent four-on-four full-court basketball, according to the attorneys I have talked to, so I have copyrighted the treatment, the script, and so on and so forth for 4-on-4 full-court basketball for any and all mediums. Imagine the reality TV shows, the scripted TV shows, the games, the tournaments, and everything else that can come out of this continuing script and treatment. The YouTube videos! The highlights!

CHARACTER TWO
Yes, and the important thing is that you can use the exact same infrastructure already in place for 5-on-5 full-court, but you will be able to change basketball from being the slow lollygagging game of running from 3-point line to 3-point line to being full-court fast-break again!

When it is only 4-on-4, players like LeBron James could dominate totally. The game would be all about running, gunning, dunking, lobs, and be flat out sprinting all the time. It would be a return to Showtime, Phi Slama Jama(R), and Dr. J time again. Basketball would be spectacular and full of highlights again. Bye bye NBA.

CHARACTER ONE
Yes, a 4-on-4 league could eclipse the NBA in no time, and do so world wide. Fans could participate as the reporters using their smart phones.  It would even work for 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court "death matches." It's all about math, and we have figured the math out!

CHARACTER TWO
Yes. Sabermetrics rule!

Copyright (c) 2018. Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Gregg Popovich is Right!

CHARACTER ONE
Gregg Popovich is right. Basketball is boring today because of the three-point line. just take a look at this article that recently came out:
https://www.slamonline.com/nba/gregg-popovich-ive-hated-the-three-for-20-years/

CHARACTER TWO
Basketball can be fixed! The thing that we really love is run and gun basketball. It's running and gunning and dunking! It's fast breaking all the time. Those things have all disappeared because of the three-point line.

CHARACTER ONE
The answer is so simple! Start playing 4-on-4 full court basketball. Make more room for today's giant great players to drive to the basket. That's what will make the game exciting and full court again. Mathematically, it will be worth it to drive to the hoop again.

Copyright (c) 2018 all rights reserved


Monday, October 29, 2018

Basketball Players Held Back

CHARACTER ONE
Today's super talented basketball players are being held back. Basketball players today are astonishingly good. They can all handle the ball no matter how big and tall they are.

CHARACTER TWO
I agree with you totally! Today's basketball players can all play up-tempo basketball. Today's basketball players are flashier than ever before.

CHARACTER ONE
We need to put style and flare back in basketball! The secret is to play 4 on 4 full court. That's what will make the game's great again. That's what will bring back the excitement and showmanship of the former ABA, the American Basketball Association.

CHARACTER TWO
Improving basketball can be done. The answer is sitting within geometry and mathematics. Sooner or later 4 on 4 full court basketball will happen because it's a better game.

Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NBA wasting Talent!

This is part of the ongoing treatment and script for 4-on-4 full court basketball for any athletic or entertainment medium.

CHARACTER
This game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks is boring as all get-out.

CHARACTER 2
Yes. It's unbelievable. All they are doing is going three point line to three point line and chucking the ball. The Dallas Mavericks have Luka Doncic. The Atlanta Hawks have Trae Young. These guys could Run and Gun!

CHARACTER
You could probably take the last four players on each of these two benches and play 4-on-4 full court and have spectacular games full of dunks, fast breaks, blocks against the backboards, and non stop running and gunning! Instead we are watching boring three-point clunking all the time!

CHARACTER 2
The math no longer adds up for 5-on-5 full court. It requires three point shots all the time. 4-on-4 full court would be a fantastic game, an entertaining game. A much better game!

Copyright (c) 2018. All rights reserved.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Basketball can be fixed!

Basketball is boring. However, basketball can be fixed. This is my ongoing treatment for a television show, TV series, or any form of entertainment.

Basketball can be fixed with mathematics. The ideal basketball game consists of running and gunning! There are lots of dunks, lobs, and running basket to basket. Great basketball is fast break basketball.

The problem today is that the players are too big and the courts are too small. It makes no sense to make all the basketball courts bigger. That would be prohibitively expensive. What does make sense, is to play 4-on-4 full court instead of 5-on-5 full court.

With 4-on-4 full court it will be Phi Slamma Jamma again! there will be many more highlights, and basketball games will be much more exciting.

It's all about mathematics. Sabermetrics revolutionized baseball. Now it's time to revolutionize basketball.

Note that Phi Slama Jama(R) is a registered trademark.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What if LeBron James retired

What if LeBron James retired from the NBA? What if he started a reality television show? What if he started a brand new basketball league that played better basketball? What if LeBron James started 4-on-4 full court basketball, which would restore fast break basketball to dominance around the world? NBA stars like LeBron James have the power to change the world. We could have Showtime basketball again! We could have Phi Slama Jama(tm) basketball again!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lebron James - Should Move on from the NBA

CHARACTER ONE
LeBron James should retire from the NBA! He should take his talents to starting a new 4-on-4 full court basketball league and TV Show.

CHARACTER TWO
Yes, the NBA is ridiculously boring! These playoffs are of shining example. We had to watch 37 missed three point shots during the Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors game. Clank! Clank! Clank! There is no full-court fast break basketball anymore, there are no real highlights anymore. 

CHARACTER ONE
LeBron James could do a television show/series about 4-on-4 basketball, could play 4-on-4 basketball games, tournaments, could create an entire 4-on-4 basketball league, and could dominate basketball for another decade. LeBron James and other players could be owners in a new 4-on-4 basketball league that would be better than the NBA because it would have more highlights.

CHARACTER TWO
Boring! Here's what 37 missed three pointers are like:
Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! Clank! 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Now that March Madness is Over

CHARACTER 1 DIALOGUE
The 4-on-4, full-court basketball league will need play-by-play announcers and sportscasters. We want two or three people who are often in conflict with each other. People who often have different opinions on the same sports topics.

CHARACTER 2 DIALOGUE
I have an outside the box idea. One way to get such people, would be to go to eHarmony. Request that eHarmony help us find one eHarmony reject, who could be coupled with one eHarmony sweetheart for example. These two characters, one male and one female, could become the sportscasters because they disagree on everything, have totally conflicting personalities, and their love lives could be subplots in the 4-on-4, full-court world.

CHARACTER 1 DIALOGUE
We could also go to Match.com. One set of two announcers might be young people. We might create conflict with them by getting an older person who loved ABA basketball, or loved the full-court run and gun basketball of the old days. Someone like Phil Jackson who says the three-point line has destroyed basketball. We know what he means, he's right, because in the old days it was full-court basketball all the time. The three-point line has slowed down the game. We are going to fix that by going 4-on-4, full-court. This old-timer will love seeing the mathematics of how 4-on-4, full-court returns the game to fast-break basketball. People once learned reading, riting, and rithmatic.

NOTICE
This blog protects the intellectual property of playing 4-on-4, full-court basketball for a web series, TV show, TV game show, TV reality show, regular TV show, TV scripts, movie scripts, games, tournaments, actual 4-on-4 full-court games, social media, movies, and all other media.

Clips of 4-on-4, full-court basketball will allow for a new way to advertise products. Indeed, this treatment and script will allow for much better ways to advertise products for businesses on social media, and other media, because the basketball highlights leading in will be spectacular.


Wanting 4-on-4, full-court basketball is the result of studying basketball statistics, and analytics, since the invention of the 3 point line. Feel free to contact Dr.Hennenfent@gmail.com




Sunday, April 1, 2018

March Madness, the Final Four, the NBA, and Disrupting Basketball

CHARACTER ONE DIALOGUE
Have you been watching March madness? Did you see the Final Four? Basketball is really terrible now. The players run from 3-point line to 3-point line and pass around the outside and then they shoot a three-pointer. Boring!


There is no more Phi Slama Jama, There is no more nonstop running and gunning. Fortunately, there is a fix to all the problems.

CHARACTER TWO DIALOGUE
What's that Willis? At least Gary Coleman as an actor would've said something like that.

CHARACTER ONE DIALOGUE
The answer lies in mathematics. The answer lies in Sabermetrics for basketball. The answer is to play 4-on-4 full-court instead of 5-on-5 full-court. That's how you bring the fast-break back, run and gun basketball, alley-oops, and dunks. Those are the thing everyone wants to see.

CHARACTER TWO DIALOGUE
I understand what you're talking about. We don't need a new XFL football league in 2020. We don't need a new Alliance of American Football League in 2019. What is ripe for disruption is basketball. Basketball is a worldwide sport and is growing. Football is only in the USA and it is slowly dying because of brain injury (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE), meanwhile basketball is expanding all over the world.

CHARACTER ONE DIALOGUE
Yes, you're right! What we need right now is 4-on-4 full-court. The possibilities are endless as a reality TV show, a scripted TV show, a scripted reality show, televised games, a sports show, a new basketball league, a tournament, or tournaments, and a much faster and more entertaining game with better highlights.

CHARACTER TWO DIALOGUE
For a TV show about a new 4-on-4 full-court basketball league, You need some characters. And, we are the most charismatic sports fans around! We argue about everything. We clash. We have obstacles. We hate each other one day and we love each other the next. We can disagree on everything, and we can scream at each other.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What do you love about basketball?

Character one: what do you love about basketball?
Character 2: fast breaks great passes dunks and alley-oops.
Character One: how can we get more of those?
Character 2: Play 4 on 4 full court or three on three full court or two on two full court or one-on-one full court.
Character one: have you been watching three-on-three half-court? That new league?
Character 2: yes, a little bit, but not much, because they are everything I hate about basketball. It's old and slow and basically highlight free basketball.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ongoing Treatment For Basketball Entertainment

Treatment – Script – Screenplay for Basketball

Introduction

This is my continuing treatment - script - screenplay for 4-on-4 full-court basketball, 3-on-3 full-court basketball, 2-on-2 full-court basketball, or 1-on-1 full-court basketball. My intention is to make basketball more exciting again, with more fast breaks, dunks, great passes, amazing blocks, and so on.

This treatment and script is for entertainment in any media, including a web series, TV show, TV series, TV reality show, regular TV show, basketball games, basketball leagues, 4-on-4 full-court games, 3-on-3 full-court games, 2-on-2 full-court games, or 1-on-1 full-court games, social media, movies and all other digital media or media yet to be invented.

Clips of 4-on-4 or 3-on-3 full-court basketball will allow for a new way to advertise products. Indeed, this treatment and script will allow for better ways to advertise products for businesses on social media, and other media, because basketball is the number one sport on social media.

Wanting 4-on-4 full-court and 3-on-3 full-court basketball is the result of studying basketball statistics, mathematics, and analytics since the invention of the 3-point line and comparing that information to earlier times.

Everything is included in this treatment

Everything on this blog www.4ballUSA.com is part of this ongoing treatment and or script for shows or games or any form of entertainment involving basketball.

Expression

The main expression of this idea for entertainment involving basketball is playing with fewer than 5-on-5 players. Instead playing 4-on-4 full-court or 3-on-3 full-court, 2-on-2 full court, or even 1-on-1 full court. Another expression is using that concept to create a viable league or entertainment industry, or at least attempt to do so as part of a reality TV show or other entertainment. Expressions of this idea possibly include a reality TV show, a scripted TV show, games, tournaments, creating a basketball league, creating a traveling team, using basketball highlights in old and new ways for advertisers, the ability to create entertainment for various media channels as desired, the ability for any episode to be a complete game, or to be a mixture of reality TV and a game, or to be a mixture of reality TV and highlights, or to be a mixture of fictional or scripted entertainment with basketball, and so on. Another way to express the main idea is to have potentially many persons involved in any way be filmed. As noted, fictional events or characters can also be included.

Plot device/points

One plot device is playing basketball 4-on-4 full-court, or 3-on-3 full-court, to increase the number of fast-breaks and basketball highlights. The concept is to make the game more wide open so that more highlights can occur. With some tweaks, basketball can go from running from 3-point line to 3-point line to running full-court again. Another plot device/point that could be used is incorporating new technology such as software, cameras, social media, and things that involve the fans more than ever before. One episode, for example, can be about playing 5-on-5, then going to 4-on-4, then going to 3-on-3, then going to 2-on-2, then going to 1-on-1.

Highlights

Basketball highlights are enjoyable. There seems to be an insatiable demand for more of them. They can be put at the beginning and ending of every episode. They can be used throughout the episodes as transitions. There can be a mixture of reality highlights about people and their lives with basketball highlights.

4-on-4 full-court

Have an episode or episodes about 4-on-4 full-court basketball. The dialogue can be about or between those who are for 4-on-4 full-court arguing or discussing with those who are against 4-on-4 full-court. There are many excellent issues. Discuss the history of basketball and how changes have affected the game.

3-on-3 full-court

Have an episode or episodes about 3-on-3 full-court basketball. Discuss the pros and cons. Discuss the history of basketball and how changes have affected the game.

Playing Games

Episodes can vary from being more about playing the games to more about the people who were involved in 4 on 4 basketball or 3-on-3 basketball. It will be interesting to see the ratio of which is more popular, more focus on the people's personal lives or more focus on the games themselves.

Creating A League

It is very difficult to create a basketball league. This will create many obstacles and difficulties that will have to be overcome by the characters. All of these events can be filmed as part of reality television or real life drama. Overcoming these obstacles can be scripted or unscripted.

Reality TV Show

It’s a story about people and players and basketball. People and players have to collaborate to create a television show, movie, or web show about playing basketball 4-on-4 full-court or 3-on-3 full-court. People have to step up to be the director, producer, actors when and if necessary, lawyers, owners, managers, coaches, professional players, retired NBA players, college players, former college players, high school players, former high school players, street ballplayers, and so on.

Characters Primary 

Charismatic and interesting people! Remember, camera work can make people more interesting.
People who start the whole thing might be able to be primary characters.

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Basketball players
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Actors when necessary, mixed reality and mixed fiction sometimes.
  • Lawyers
  • Owners
  • Managers
  • Coaches
  • Cameramen, camera women.
  • Amateur cameramen, camera women, using cell phone cameras
  • Statistics character or analytics character would be very useful

Characters Secondary 

Charismatic and interesting people! Remember, this show can be a commercial for some businesses and corporations, so they may be motivated to participate. Real life can be full of obstacles with all the secondary participants who are needed to overcome those obstacles.

  • lawyers
  • accountants
  • agents
  • players Street ball
  • players recreational leagues
  • players who played high school
  • players who played college
  • sponsors
  • advertisers
  • companies
  • start up people doing software for sports leagues
  • start up people doing highlights for sports leagues
  • software people
  • programmers who make cell phone apps
  • recreational league people
  • people creating software to run recreational leagues
  • people creating software to run semi professional and professional leagues

Characters advertisers

Work the advertisers into the shows as much as possible. Makers of basketballs. Makers of tennis shoes. Makers of sportswear. Creators of software. Social media people and people involved in sharing videos on social media.

Characters software

Many people are creating better software for sporting events.
Many people are creating smart phone applications for sporting events.

Characters camera related

Many new ways are being developed to film sporting events. Almost everyone has a smart phone camera. Cameras can be positioned in new locations around any sporting event. The events or the event highlights can be shared online, or via smart phone applications. Anything that can be done to increase sharing and re-sharing on social media is a good idea. A lot goes into mounting cameras on baskets, on bank boards, even on the basketball rim. There are cameras that go on rails, or wires, above basketball courts that can film the action. Drones with cameras can be used. People who do these things can be primary characters or secondary characters.

Obstacles Dialogue List

These are all topics for unscripted or scripted dialogue:

  • About the copyright issues
  • About the patent issues
  • About the problems forming a league
  • About getting other people involved
  • Talk about NBA players, their salaries, and other things about them. Same about the current college basketball players. Dip into talking about high school sometimes.
  • Talk about the basketball draft.
  • Talk about college signing day.

Obstacles that must be overcome and can be discussed


  • creator obstacles
  • producer obstacles
  • director obstacles
  • player obstacles
  • actor obstacles
  • budget obstacles

Obstacles Medical

Remember the human drama of medical issues. There are all kinds of medical issues that are specific to basketball, or occur frequently in basketball, or just happen for whatever reason to human beings, including their extended families. Take the audience through medical issues, meeting doctors, traveling to clinics or hospitals. Talk about cutting edge treatments like stem cells, platelet rich plasma, tendon cells, and so on.

Dialogue Sample

Trying to patent the idea and copyright issues.
“How did you copyright that?”
“Let me tell you, it was a nightmare.”
“Let me tell you about my favorite YouTube video. It’s by a copyright lawyer”

Dialogue Sample

"No practice?"
"We may not have time to practice."
“Doing entertainment like this may mean spending as little money as possible.”
“What about practice?”
“You remember what Allen Iverson said?”

Highlights - interspersed

Often use highlights throughout the reality TV show. Often use highlights throughout any show, whether it is a full game, whether it is a full reality episode, whether it is a fictional episode, or whether it is a mixture.

Budget

The entire project can be bootstrapped.
"That's too much," should be a recurring line of dialogue.
Discuss ways to keep the budget down.
"How about one NBA player, or ex-NBA player per team?"
Pay for the games on Saturday or Sunday only? Perhaps play the games in high school gyms that are not being used.
Connect with one of the startups doing league management?
Connect with one of the startups doing sports highlights for local leagues?

Business Ideas

One expression of this whole idea would simply be to create one team and have that team be a traveling team that goes around playing local teams all over. They might play the local high school stars or ex-high school stars for example.

Another idea would be to have one excellent player be in charge and organize each team. That would sorta be their team, as they could be the owner, manager, and captain, or any combination.

Scenes Idea Opening

Perhaps the main character is the first person to ever appear on camera, or perhaps that person will turn into one of the main characters. One opening scene idea is to have an amazing basketball highlight, followed by an intriguing person talking one-on-one to the audience about how and why he or she is going to accomplish all this.

Scenes List

Basketball tryouts can be turned into scenes.
Basketball warmups can be turned into scenes and highlights.

Dialogue Turning Prose into Dialogue

Everything that is narrative in this ongoing blog, www.4ballUSA.com, can be turned into dialogue.

Contact

If you are interested in 4-on-4 full-court basketball, 3-on-3 full court basketball, 2-on-2 full court basketball, or 1-on-1 full court basketball, please send me an email at Dr.Hennenfent@gmail.com

Saturday, December 17, 2016

4ballUSA™ Basketball the Way It Should Be!

This blog is a continuing treatment and script for 4-on-4, full-court basketball. This blog's intention is to make basketball more exciting again, with more fast breaks, dunks, great passes, and blocks.

This blog protects the intellectual property of playing 4-on-4, full-court basketball for a web series, TV show, TV game show, TV reality show, regular TV show, games, actual 4-on-4 full-court games, social media, movies and all other media.

Clips of 4-on-4, full-court basketball will allow for a new way to advertise products. Indeed, this treatment and script will allow for better ways to advertise products for businesses on social media, and other media, that will be spectacular.

Wanting 4-on-4, full-court basketball is the result of studying basketball analytics since the invention of the 3 point line.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Episode of 4ballUSA™

A character calls a meeting with his colleagues. Everyone at the meeting sets up their cell phone, or some other camera, to video-record themselves. Later all this material will be edited and digested down into an episode, or episodes.

The main character asks questions such as:

"Do you like basketball?"
"What you like most about basketball?"
"What style of basketball do you like the most?"
"How many billions of dollars does the NBA make every year?"
"Why is the NBA a monopoly?"
"How many players want to play in the NBA but are good enough to play in the NBA?"
"Why is it that almost no players have any ownership at all in the NBA?"
"What is the most popular sport on social media?"
"Do you remember the American basketball Association?"
"Do you remember Julius Irving, known as Dr. J?"
"Do you remember how they used to play basketball in the ABA?"
"Do you remember how many points they used to score per game in the ABA?"
"Do you remember Phi Slama Jama?"
"Do you know that Phi Slama Jama is now trademarked by the University of Houston?"
"Do you remember Magic Time basketball? The kind of basketball inspired by Magic Johnson?"
"Do you remember Showtime basketball?"
"Can any of you dunk a basketball?"
"Do any of you know any players that can dunk a basketball?"
"Do any of you know any great basketball players?"
"Do you know any great shooters?"

This show can use transitions between scenes that are made up of basketball plays. The show can use a shot of a basketball being passed into the camera as a transition. Players dunking can form the transitions. Players blocking shots can form the transitions. Players sinking three-pointers can make the transitions. A ball spinning on a finger can be used as the transition to begin, or between scenes. A player blocking a shot by pinning it to the backboard can be used as a transition. An alley-oop can be used as a transition. Pretty much any player can be used to create these transitions. Slow-motion shots of a basketball being dribbled can be used. All kinds of amazing camera work can be used to create transitions. The more talented the player the more creative these transitions can become.

A character needs to start asking people:
"Would you play 4-on-4, full-court basketball?"
It will be great to get reactions both positive, and, especially the negative ones! It will be very revealing what this character finds out. People are so brainwashed about playing 5-on-5 that 4-on-4, full-court will seem very strange at first. Some of the stuff people say will be TV gold.

The reality TV show could start off as a web video TV series. It's interesting that the most popular YouTube videos go in length from less than a minute to about 9 minutes. A 30 minute television show is usually about 22 minutes. A 60 minute television show is about 44 minutes. This means that if the scenes are edited to the proper length they can be perfect for a web TV series, a 30 minute television show, or a 60 minute television show.

A character calls a meeting and talks about Sabermetrics. The history of Sabermetrics is fascinating. It would be great to film the original inventor of Sabermetrics. It would be great to follow Sabermetrics from baseball, to the book about Sabermetrics, to the movie about Sabermetrics starring Brad Pitt.

Sabermetrics should also be followed to Darrell Morey. Darrell Morey graduated from Northwestern University. Darrell Morey is also now in charge of the Houston Rockets. He is using analytics to build basketball teams for the Houston Rockets. One of the characters should explore all of this and get it recorded.

The main character should drive the point home over and over again that there is an oversupply of great players today! There are all kinds of fantastic players that cannot play in the NBA. All of these players could play in a 4-on-4, full-court basketball league. This league could have far more highlights than the NBA. The 4-on-4, full-court basketball league could employ all kinds of basketball players that cannot find employment today!

One or more characters should go after sponsors:
They can go after a shoe company that can afford to be sponsored by the NBA.
They can go after clothing companies.
They can go after rich retired NBA players!
They can go after NBA players who want to be entrepreneurs.

One character creates a great scene, or scenes, by going to a basketball court. The court has players playing pickup basketball. Or perhaps players getting ready to play pickup basketball. He starts talking about playing 4-on-4, full-court basketball. There is all kinds of blowback! People think the character is crazy. People give all kinds of reasons why it can't be done. These become obstacles that become part of the story of 4-on-4, full-court basketball.

A character tries to pursue getting ABA highlights. He records the entire process. The same character tries to get NBA highlights, college basketball highlights, and high school basketball highlights. The process of pursuing these highlights all is recorded and becomes part of the show. If nothing else, this character should be able to achieve getting "street ball" highlights.

This essay is part of the continuing treatment for 4-on-4, full-court basketball as a web series, reality TV show, regular TV show, movie, or book, or any other form of entertainment in any media.

Copyright© 2016 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. all rights reserved.

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Episode of 4ballUSA™

The main character works all of this dialogue into the episode.

"Have you heard of the movie Moneyball? It's about Sabermetrics in baseball. It stars Brad Pitt. It's an excellent movie and the book is spectacular as well."

"There is clearly an opportunity in basketball when you look at the statistics to create a reality TV show, movie, and a brand-new business."

This list of 6 is turned into dialogue for discussion:

1. Basketball is the most shared sport on social media around the world
2. Basketball teams used to score over 125 points per game
3. The most fun basketball for fans is Phi Slama Jama!
4. The most fun basketball for fans is "Dr. J." style run and gun!
5. The most fun basketball for fans is Magic Johnson style magic time!
6. The most fun basketball for fans is Showtime by the Los Angeles Lakers!

"You have probably heard coach Phil Jackson or coach Greg Popovich complain that the 3 point line has ruined basketball. If you look at the statistics, they are correct. The run and gun basketball game has been destroyed. Players now mostly run from 3 point line to 3 point line, and shoot 3 pointers."

"The run and gun style of basketball has disappeared for the most part."

"Today, there is not as many fast breaks."
"There are not as many spectacular passes."
"There are not as many dunks."
"There are not as many blocks where the ball is pinned to the backboard."

"Mathematically, there is a solution to all of these issues. Find a group of players willing to play 4-on-4, full-court. Mathematically, this creates more room for the players and will create the run and gun style of basketball again. LeBron James can be stopped 5-on-5, because of the lack of space on the court, but he can't be stopped 4-on-4."

"Kobe Bryant can be stopped 5-on-5, because of lack of space on the court, but he can't be stopped 4-on-4."

"Any retired NBA player could start a brand-new basketball league owned by retired NBA players who want to play 4-on-4. This would create far more highlights than the NBA games do today."

So, if you are interested in 4-on-4, full-court basketball we could do the following:

Plans to get the reality TV show off the ground:

1. Find some players. They have to be good enough to dunk. Fortunately, there is a huge excess of players today that are that talented, but can't get into the NBA.
2. Hook up with a company that is doing basketball league scheduling using a cell phone app.
3. Hook up a company that is doing sports highlights using a cell phone app.
4. Learn how to shoot a game concentrating on highlights
5. Learn how to share the highlights on social media
6. Start creating the reality show from day one.

Film all 6 of the things above as they are being done.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Is LeBron James the Greatest Basketball Player of all time (GOAT)?

Is LeBron James the greatest basketball player of all time? Is he the GOAT? Arguably, James is The GOAT. King James brought the Cleveland Cavaliers the NBA championship after already winning an NBA championship with the Miami Heat. He’s a great team player, but as an individual he may be the greatest basketball athlete ever. Lebron James is 6’8” tall and 250 pounds, yet he has the ball handling skills and speed of a point guard.
Incredibly, Lebron James has the size and strength of many NBA centers from the days of yore. Bill Russell, the famous center for the Boston Celtics was 6’9” tall, only 1 inch taller than Lebron James. The famous center, Moses Malone was 6’10” tall, only 2 inches taller than Lebron James. Wes Unseld, who played center for the Washington bullets was only 6’6” tall, two inches shorter than Lebron James, and was an All-Star.

So, why is there any question about LeBron James being the greatest player ever? He’s as tall as many centers with all the talent of a guard. Lebron James is 2 inches taller than either Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan (and is far more muscular).

When you read Twitter, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Tim Duncan and many others are always argued about as being the greatest of all time (GOAT). Each has their own passionately devoted fans - and deservedly so.

Let’s ask some hard questions:

Do we want the most talented players to rise to the top?
Do we want the best athletes to win?

For the answers we will explore basketball analytics and we will give a very strong shout-out to Kurt Vonnegut who wrote “Harrison Bergeron.” Let’s imagine for a moment, that Lebron James is Harrison Bergeron in Kurt Vonnegut’s famous short story.

The Handicapper General, a Vonnegut character, has come along and seen that Lebron James is too tall, too big, too fast, too quick, and too smart.

The Handicapper General says, “This is not fair!”

To enforce equality, Lebron James must be handicapped. The Handicapper General makes Lebron James wear a head band that periodically shocks his brain to disrupt his intelligence. To compensate for his size and strength Lebron is forced to wear a vest with 40 pounds of weights on it so that he cannot jump so high or move so fast. Because he’s too good-looking, Lebron is also forced to wear a mask that minimizes his handsomeness.

This will make a great episode of television! That’s what life would be like for Lebron James in the dystopian future created by Kurt Vonnegut where everyone must be equalized.

But wait, Lebron is actually handicapped by the NBA in a different way. They are playing 5-on-5 full court, when LeBron should be playing 4-on-4, full-court. Look at the graphic below.


The graphic shows five players with 6’9” wingspans in blue, and five players with 6’9” wingspans in red. Look how crowded the court is!

Remember how Lebron James blocked a shot during the NBA finals by pinning it to the backboard? That was the most exciting game of the entire series. Arguably the most exciting play the entire NBA season. Why isn’t there constant running and gunning like that? Why don’t teams fast-break nonstop? Why aren’t there more points scored? Why aren’t there more plays that involve driving to the basket for dunks?

The basketball court has become too small for 5-on-5. Great players like Lebron James need more room. Basketball players were approximately 5’5” tall when basketball was invented. Today, even a college team like Kentucky, can average 6’9” in height.

The Kentucky Wildcats recently had these players:

1. Dakari Johnson, center – 7’0”
2. Willie Cauley-Stein, forward – 7’0” inches
3. Karl-Anthony Towns, forward – 6’11”
4. Trey Lyles, forward – 6’10”
5. Marcus Lee, forward – 6’9”
6. Charles Matthews, guard – 6’6”
7. Devon Brooker, guard – 6’6”
8. Andrew Harrison, guard – 6’6”
9. Aaron Harrison, guard – 6’6”
10. Jamaal Murray, guard – 6’4”

This means that you could have a 7-foot center, a 7-foot forward, a 6’11” forward, a 6’6” guard, and another 6’6” guard. The average height of that team would be 6’9”.

The Problem Today
The problem today is that great players like Lebron James are being handicapped. They should not be playing 5-on-5 full court, they should be playing 4-on-4, full-court.

Mathematically, 4-on-4, full-court provides a better product. Playing with fewer players will create wide open basketball. It will provide Showtime! It will create Phi Slama Jama™ like the University of Houston Cougars used to have with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. That may have been the most fun and exciting college team in history! We need Magic Time again!

Do we want players to keep getting bigger, taller, stronger faster? Or do we want to handicap people? If we want basketball players to keep getting bigger, taller, stronger, and faster we need to start playing 4-on-4, full-court.

Breaking the Monopoly
We can break the NBA monopoly. Basketball players can own teams. Basketball players can own leagues. It can all start with a television show or videos on social media.

Set LeBron free!

TV Show Treatment
This blog is a continuing treatment for a TV show, movie, game, or videos about basketball. The TV show can be scripted or unscripted, fiction or reality. This blog contains everything needed to create shows or entertainment, as well as basketball teams, leagues, and tournaments. Perhaps you could be the next television production company to take a look at this treatment for visual media.

Let’s quit handicapping the great ones.

Unleash the offense!

Set the players free!

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Sources:
Kurt Vonnegut. “Harrison Bergeron.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron

Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works

University of Kansas basketball roster in 2014
http://www.ukathletics.com/sport/m-baskbl/roster/#/2014/Players/tile

University of Kansas basketball roster in 2015
Source: http://www.ukathletics.com/sport/m-baskbl/roster/#/2015/Players/tile

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Copyright
This blog has been inspired by my love of logic, math, statistics, Sabermetrics, analytics, and medical statistics. The world can be improved if we use logic and mathematics to understand it. Copyright © 2016 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. All rights in all media reserved.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Basketball! 4ballUSA™ 4ballWorld™ Treatment

This blog is an ongoing build and depository of stories, treatments, and scripts for a television show, movie, videos, basketball teams, and leagues. Everything here is part of the story and the treatment. Basketball is broken and can be fixed by moving to 4-on-4 full court.


Analytics guy

The analytics guy is heavy on statistics. He talks about the history of basketball using mathematics and highlights. How the Lew Alcindor rule against dunking set back basketball for nearly a decade (1967 to 1976). How the culture of the NBA also was against dunking at one point. He talks about and analyzes other rules in basketball over the years. He or she specifically talks about the three-point line and its impact on basketball and statistics. He talks about the size of the players and the talent of the players. All kinds of basketball records and basketball statistics are discussed with highlights whenever possible. The analytics person makes the mathematical case for 4-on-4, full-court basketball.

History guy

The history guy talks about basketball from a more emotional and passionate point of view. He talks about how the Lew Alcindor rule against dunking hurt people, and hurt the game of basketball. He talks about how Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He talks about Wilt Chamberlain. He talks about Showtime basketball. He talks about Phi Slama Jama® and the University of Houston. He talks about the American Basketball Association. He talks about the Harlem Globetrotters. Basketball highlights are used whenever possible.

Freedom guy

The freedom guy may be a separate character or may be built into another character (as is the case with all the characters). He talks about how the basketball players need to be set free. He talks about how the biggest, strongest, most talented can’t play their game anymore. There may be an episode comparing a famous basketball player to some literature. There may be many such episodes.

Referee guy

There may be a separate referee or rules guy that helps explain all the nuances of basketball rules and their effects over the years.

Producer

In one version of the television show, the producer, the director, and other typically behind-the-scenes personnel are put on screen, especially if they love basketball. The producer is an excellent character because he or she has to overcome obstacle after obstacle to get a television show off the ground, a movie off the ground, basketball teams off the ground, games played, tournaments done, and one or more basketball leagues started.

Basketball players

All kinds of former basketball players are talked to and the impact of rules and rule changes are discussed. Whenever possible highlights are used.

Father of 4-On-4, full-Court Basketball

One character is the major promoter of 4-on-4, full-court basketball. He essentially invented it and has been the driving force.

Leagues

There are many sport leagues, amateur, recreational, semi professional, and professional. All of the people involved in these activities, CEOs, marketers, software writers, and others are characters to be used and developed. This also includes all of the players in those leagues.

Blog

Basketball in all mediums with the plot twist of 4-on-4, full-court is extremely important. Basketball is a billion-dollar industry. Basketball is the number one sport on social media around the world. That’s why this blog is all about basketball and how it can be improved by using 4-on-4, full-court. A better product can be created for TV, movies, and social media. This blog is the specific expression of all of the following: screenplays, TV pilots, novels, plays, this blog of course, YouTube, Vine, and all other media. The very embodiment of 4-on-4, full-court basketball as a new and better product for all visual media started here.

Logline:

More running and gunning with more dunks, alley-oops, no look passes and fast breaks than ever before!

Verbal pitch 1:

People take on the world to fix basketball. There is an oversupply of great basketball players. There is an ever greater demand for basketball highlights. There are more sports shows an ever before. There is an oversupply of businesses that want to advertise with basketball highlights.

Characters

Basketball players who are human highlight reels.
People who love basketball.
People who love the mathematics of basketball.
People who love the history of basketball.
People who’ve been affected by basketball in some way.
Every day basketball players and fans.

Plot devices:

Playing 4-on-4, full-court instead of 5-on-5.
Searching for the “human highlight reel.”
Searching for other basketball players.
The personal lives of the basketball players.
The personal lives of the producer, director, and others.
Searching for an Ex-NBA player.
Searching for players retired from professional leagues around the world.
Searching for four great players, from four different countries.
Interviewing historians.
Interviewing referees.
Interviewing basketball players.
Wannabe basketball players.
Interviewing analytics people.
Women basketball players.
The women’s game versus the men’s game.
The ownership of the teams.
Ownership of the leagues.
Searching for sponsors.
Searching for investors.
Searching for advertisers.
Interviewing monopoly breakers.
Analyzing rules and how they have helped or hurt the game.
Searching for an entertainment attorney.
Fixing free throws.
Fixing jump balls.
Searching for the League "Commissioner"

Themes

Everyone loves high-scoring, fast-break, run and gun basketball the best. Showtime baby!

Special episodes

The “Kurt Vonnegut” episode.
Episodes built around major obstacles.

Lines of dialogue:

Set them free.
Set him free.
Basketball is broken.
There is a better product.
We want fast-break basketball.
We want running and gunning again.
4-on-4, full-court is a better product than 5-on-5 full-court.

Action scenes worth mentioning now

dunks
behind the back passes
no look passes
amazing shots
fast breaks
examples of running and gunning
half-court basketball with more room
fast breaks with great passes and great finishes
blocks
pinning the ball to the bank board when blocking it

Titles

Basketball!
Other titles not to be revealed initially because of intellectual property issues.

Trademarks:

4ball™
4ballUSA™
4ballWorld™

Copyright

Copyright © 2016 Bradley R. Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. All rights in all media reserved.