Chuck Klosterman’s idea for ending fouls at the end of a basketball game

Seems like a reasonable idea to me, but really I just linking to Chuck Klosterman.

If a team trailing on the scoreboard is fouled, they have the option to (a) accept the free throws (assuming they are in the bonus), or (b) decline the penalty and take the ball out of bounds at the point of the infraction, or at midcourt (whichever location they prefer).

Why is this necessary?

I would always prefer that the trailing team receive an opportunity to tie the game by hitting a shot from the floor. It’s superior in every way: It doesn’t force anyone to awkwardly miss a free throw on purpose, it’s more dramatic than a bunch of guys trying to convert an offensive rebound, it entails more skill than chance, and it seems closer to the core principles of the game (i.e., making shots on offense and not creating contact on defense).

Chuck Klosterman’s idea for ending fouls at the end of a basketball game

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