(A descriptive essay about the three-point line in basketball)
There I am, shooting three-pointers on my driveway wondering who thought of a three-pointer. The three-point line is one of my favorite aspects of the game of basketball. To me, it is more than just some paint slapped on the ground. To me, it’s a way to win games, a way to prove yourself to teammates and coaches, but most importantly, a test of skill. Making a three-pointer makes me feel like I have helped my team in a big way. The three-point line has given me an opportunity to prove myself in every game and separate myself from the rest of the players. Every successful shot also gives the whole team an edge against the opponent.
I wonder when the line was introduced to the sport of basketball, and what’s so special about it. It was introduced to the game of basketball in the season of 1967 by Herman Sayger, a high-school basketball coach. The line is twenty-three feet away from the basket and twenty-two feet in the corners. The crest is five feet from the free throw line. Its purpose was to open up the game and make it more exciting. I believe it has done just that. For example, when ever Stephen Curry makes a three pointer during a game in Oracle Arena, he electrifies the building and gets everyone in the building on their feet. In fact, he broke the single season record for three pointers made, which means Warriors fans did a lot of cheering. The first player to make a three pointer was Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics. I think the NBA has become so much better since the addition of the three-point line.
I didn’t grow up watching Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and all the other great NBA legends: I went straight to watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and the modern NBA stars. They are all amazing three-point shooters including my favorite player, Kobe Bryant. Now, some players live behind the three-point line. Ray Allen has the current record for most three-pointers made ever. He has been in the league for sixteen years. He first played on the Seattle Super Sonics, then the Boston Celtics, and currently is playing his first season as a member of the Miami Heat.
During my middle school and even pick-up games with friends, there are moments when I wish I would take the wide open three-pointer instead of driving for a layup, but I feel as if I’m under so much pressure to make the shot that I almost never take it. I don’t shoot well if I feel under pressure. In seventh grade, I only took two threes throughout a seven-game season. We finished with a winning record of four wins and three losses. I would like to be more aggressive and take more three pointers. When I do shoot though, it seems as if times passes by in slow-motion until the ball hits the rim. My favorite moment in any basketball game is when I or someone I’m watching makes a buzzer-beater, which is a last second shot to win the game. When a team is down by fewer than three points with seconds to go, usually the best shooter on the team will take a three pointer, and if it goes, all the fans in the crowd will erupt with excitement. I admire anyone who can make such a clutch shot and risk losing the game on such a big stage with so much adrenaline and pressure. If it does not go in, everybody becomes sad, especially the player who shot the ball. Buzzer-beaters are almost always three pointers, and the master of the shot is Michael Jordan, who had more than two hundred of them, including a half-court rocket that Jordan launched while someone was covering him. I believe anyone who can consistently make difficult three pointers is an amazing athlete and deserves ample respect. I have made only about two or three in real games on any team. At home when I practice alone, I count down on my own, I shoot at the last second of whatever championship game runs through my head.
Basketball is my favorite sport and the three-point line is a huge part of that. I have practiced throughout my life to be a good shooter. I hope my basketball “career” doesn’t stop after middle school, but that it takes to my dream of playing in the NBA.
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