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NBA legend Glen Rice fantasizes playing in today's era of volume 3-pointers
NBA champion and three-time All-Star Glen Rice chats with the media for the league's Filipino Heritage Week | Contributed Photo
MANILA, Philippines – The NBA's Golden State Warriors have triggered a change in the landscape of the game of basketball. And depending on who you'd ask, you're likely to get contrasting feedbacks.
Understandably, those who belong to an earlier era would still prefer the physical game. For the younger ones, the jump shot has opened an array of opportunities.
NBA champion Glen Rice, who is in town for the league's Filipino Heritage Week, belonged to that an old bunch who played hard-nosed defense to go with gritty offense. He has played memorable years with both the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, winning a ring with the latter.
But if you ask the three-time All-Star, he also belongs to the few veterans who enjoy sniping.
"It has changed from a physical halfcourt game. Now it's an up-tempo game; a faster pace," he told members of the press in a short chat during NBA's viewing party of Heritage Week hosts Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans.
"It has a lot more excitement. It opens up the game more. Teams are looking for shooters now."
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"I’m one of those players who thought that outside the dunk, it’s the 3-pointer that is probably one of the most exciting things to see," Rice added. "And now it’s on the forefront. Dunks have taken a backseat."
Having led the NBA in 1996 for 3-point field goal percentage, Rice is a disciple of the adage "live by the three, die by the three."
"The biggest difference now versus when I was playing is we really didn’t look for the three unless we need a 3-pointer. Now, with these guys, that’s a norm now," Rice said.
And just makes him extra jealous of cagers who now play in the league.
"I have nightmares coming back in the game!" he said in jest. "Me, along with some other guys capable of shooting threes back in the day, we just get so hungry to think about if we play now [and] how much easy to get points."
In a parting shot, we asked Rice what he'd do in a situation where he is teammates with the Warriors' "Splash Brothers" Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and the leather in his hands.
His quick answer is also emblematic of today's game.
"I'm not passing that! Are you kidding me?" he said before bursting in laughter. "I was never known for leading my team in assists!"