Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Charity Basketball Game! Beat COVID-19!

What would you do if you were a basketball player, tested positive for the coronavirus, and then recovered?

I'd play basketball!

Exactly! I'd hoop! I'd find another player that has recovered and play one-on-one full court! That way there would be lots of highlights, running and gunning and slam dunks!

I'd pay to see that!

We could do it safely! We'd have two players who we know are immune to COVID-19. Ideally, we would have a staff that were immune to COVID-19 as well! We could use the fewest possible number of people. 

Just think of all the NBA players that are recovering from COVID-19.

Reportedly, there's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, there are three or four Brooklyn Nets teammates. Reportedly there is also Christian Wood. Soon there will be two or more players that have completely recovered and are immune, so they could play!

There could be 1-on-1 full court, 2-on-2 full court, 3-on-3 full court, and 4-on-4 full court. These games with fewer players could start almost immediately! It won't be long until many players have fully recovered!

I need these games! They can be pay per view! Whatever it takes. I need basketball! And reruns of old basketball games are horrible! I want live basketball! 

Exactly, this is an opportunity for players, entrepreneurs, and new ideas! The mathematics of basketball say that we need fewer players on the court so we can speed up the game, and we can get fast break basketball again! This is the perfect opportunity to put these ideas in motion.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus is an Opportunity for NBA Basketball Players


Coronavirusis an opportunity for NBA players to become billionaires by playing 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court. 


Yes! I know what you mean! We, basketball fans, are starving for basketball! This is absolutely the worst time in the world to cancel basketball. We fans were looking forward to March Madness and the NBA playoffs!


Absolutely! I was working my way into maximum anticipation! I always get jacked up this time of year for basketball. And now it's gone.

But you know what? There will be people who are not afraid to play basketball. There are people who could go from quarantine to the gym and back. And by playing 4-on-4 full court, 3-on-3 full court, 2-on-2 full court, and 1-on-1 full court, it would greatly reduce the risk of the coronavirus. The fewer the number of people playing and the fewer the number of people in the stands the less the risk for the spread of the virus. It would only take a few people with cell phones to video the games! And the games with highlights could be placed on social media. Essentially an entire TV show could be built, scripted or unscripted, even including a reality TV show, around these ideas!

Games could be played. League tournaments could be done, leagues could be created, and so on and so forth. The fewest number of people possible could be involved and yet there could be fantastic basketball highlights! With fewer players on the court there will be much more running and gunning, fast breaks, and dunks!


All kinds of safety measures could be put in place! Everybody could be tested, everything could be disinfected, and so on and so forth. One, two, three, or four people could run the whole thing!


I'd be happy to see two players playing one-on-one full court! You could then have one or two cameramen with cell phones at each end of the court! That would be the near minimum possible! 


Imagine the unbelievable highlights of fast break basketball! 


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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Basketball Players becoming Billionaires

Basketball players can become billionaires. All they have to do is wake up to business and entrepreneurship.

How do they do that?

Mathematics says basketball is ripe for innovation! Ripe for disruption! Look at the history of basketball. What's most popular worldwide about basketball? I'll answer my own question. It's the running and gunning, it's Showtime, it's Phi Slamma Jamma, it's the dunks! It's the slam dunks at the end of incredible passes while on the run. When I was younger everybody went to see fast break basketball on the high school level.

But how do we get from here to there?

Everything's been laid out to disrupt  basketball! All you have to do is study the history of the ABA and now look at the XFL! Look at what came before the XFL, there was the AAF (Alliance of American Football).

Yes and there was also the UFL, the CFL, the USFL, and now the XFL.

Some of those leagues have been and still are successful. Remember that Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie and Steve Young, all played for the USFL - if I remember correctly.

And don't forget the American Football League! It competed with the NFL until the NFL merged with the American Football League. Remember that Larry Csonka was a famous football player that was the number one pick for the American Football League's Miami Dolphins! Then his team once went undefeated after the merger with the NFL. That was the only undefeated perfect season in the NFL! Or to be more clear, after three seasons in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins were the only team to have a perfect season and then win the Super Bowl. 

The bottom line is that if you study history and understand business, and understand how to do a startup, you can compete with the NBA! And if you do it right you can be wildly successful! That's because the situation is far better for another professional basketball league to compete with the NBA than it is for a competitor to the NFL.

How so? What do you mean? 

Basketball has all the advantages! Basketball is a worldwide sport and it requires far less equipment! Worldwide, basketball is far more popular than American football. There has never been a better time in the history of the world to do a startup, create a new basketball league, or create new television programs, and videos, to take on the NBA!

How would you do it?

It's simple, follow the math! Follow the history of what has been successful before. First, get as many celebrity athletes as investors as possible. These celebrity athletes already have huge fan bases on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets. Organize all the influencers possible who love fast break basketball! Celebrity athletes can be the first players!

But you said follow the math...

Exactly! The game of basketball has been slowed down by the three-point line. Follow basketball analytics! All you have to do to change the mathematics of basketball is start playing four-on-four full-court, three-on-three full-court, two-on-two full-court, and even one-on-one full-court. 

You mean change the game slightly so all the magnificent athletes aren't simply running three-point line to three-point line. You mean change the game so stepping backwards behind the three-point line isn't the most important part of the game.

Exactly! You have described it in a nutshell. Instead of playing full court run and gun basketball, today's players are actually incentivized to move backwards. Thus we don't have nearly the number of fast breaks, unbelievable passes, and running slam dunks that we should have.

I get it! I get what you are saying. It is the perfect time in history to begin new reality TV shows, scripted TV shows, new basketball leagues, new games and tournaments, all built around playing basketball with fewer than five players.

That's right! It's all about the math. As basketball players have gotten bigger and bigger, the courts have gotten smaller and smaller. There's less room to run and gun. But it can all be fixed very simply, without cost, by simply moving down to four-on-four, then three-on-three, then two-on-two, then one-on-one!

Yes I get it! The overhead is incredibly small and the market is incredibly huge! Plus, it can be done today because all basketball players today have excellent ball handling skills, not like in the old days when only the guards could dribble full court.

Yes, if done right such a startup would make money from the get-go. I see what you mean by the players need to wake up, some of these organizations need to wake up, perhaps things like CloseUp360, PlayersTV, and all players like ex-NBA players, ex-college players, ex-high school players, and all the social networks, especially the new ones that are competing with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, could wake up and turn basketball fans into sports reporters and journalists overnight! The old NBA and the old social networks could be taken down at the same time with competition! 

Yes, that's it. That's how basketball players become billionaires. 

Copyright (c) 2020 Brad Hennenfent, M.D. All rights reserved. This is an ongoing script and treatment for television shows, videos, and experiences in all possible media, invented and not yet invented, related to playing basketball. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Why the NBA Sucks!

NBA basketball bores me to tears. We have the world's best athletes, all who can handle the ball, dunk, and alley-oop, but their most important skill is being able to step backwards. Boring! 

I know exactly what you mean! I used to love Phi Slama Jama(TM) basketball. I used to love Showtime! Now all basketball players do is go from 3-point line to 3-point line and if they accidentally go too far they step backwards! It's so different now, because in the past we used to run and gun full court, basket to basket.

Imagine if the game were actually played to take advantage of the skillsets of today's professional basketball players! 

Yes! The NBA Monopoly could be busted. Why do investors and entrepreneurs keep trying to compete with the NFL? The NFL is basically only an American game. Basketball is worldwide. By playing four-on-four full court a new league could destroy the NBA! It would be easy to do. All you would have to do is combine basketball players with business men or women. A single social media network could make the entire 4-on-4 league take off. There would be far better highlights. Many more dunks! Many more fantastic run and gun plays. Many more fast breaks!

This is a continuing script - screenplay - treatment, for scripted and unscripted videos regarding playing four-on-four full court basketball! Or having reality TV shows. That's right! It would be much better to play 4-on-4 full court! Fans love full court basketball! The fans love running and gunning. Players love playing fast-break basketball. There is an excess supply of fantastic basketball players! There is an NBA Monopoly ready to be broken!

By the way, Phi Slama Jama(TM) is a registered trademark of the University of Houston. Go Cougars! 

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!


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


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.


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


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?

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!

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

How do we fix things?

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!

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?

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!

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

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!

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?

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)

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

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.

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

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

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

Oh no, don't bring math into it. 

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

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!

I can't disagree with that.


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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

What can we do?

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

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

Who would win? 

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


Think of the tallest, fastest, greatest basketball players!


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!


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


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!


What can we do?


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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!

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

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.

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

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. 

What setting would that be?

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

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

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!

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

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.

Yes but the game shackles them.

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! 

So what do we do? 

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

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™

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.

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!

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

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.

The scoring was historically low.

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

Explain yourself, without boring the heck out of us!

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! 

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?

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

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


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


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. 


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



4-on-4 Ball

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

James Harden Could be Better

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.
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.
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.
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

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.

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

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!

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.

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!

Yes. Sabermetrics rule!

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

Friday, November 30, 2018

Gregg Popovich is Right!

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:

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.

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.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Basketball Players Held Back

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

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!

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!

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

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.

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. 

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.

Boring! Here's what 37 missed three pointers are like:
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Now that March Madness is Over

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.

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.

We could also go to 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.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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 is part of this ongoing treatment and or script for shows or games or any form of entertainment involving basketball.


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.


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.


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,, can be turned into dialogue.


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

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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