## The Problem with the Shot Clock

Since the shot clock's invention, the NBA changed forever- for the better.  No more milking the clock, dribbling out time.  No more standing still and winning games 11 to 10.  It evolved from being on the side of the floor to over the basket to having 3 sides so everyone can see it from every part of the arena.  Well it's time to make a change and it boggles my mind how no one talks about it.

When will tenths of a second be added to it?  This change needs to be made and be made soon.

For example when there's 1 second showing on the clock, that actually could mean 1.9 seconds or it could mean 0.1 seconds.  In a game predicated on seconds how is it possible that neither the offensive or defensive team knows just how much time is left on the clock?  The difference between 1.9 and 0.1 seconds is almost 2 full seconds!  In basketball that's an eternity!

No need to have the tenths of a second for the game clock until it's under a minute.  But the shot clock?  Should definitely have it and it should be implemented asap...

tb727
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### 6 Responses so far.

1. Anonymous says:

pretty sure the shot clocks change format when its under a minute and include tenths.

2. tb727 says:

Nope game clock has tenths, shot clock, at least in the NBA, doesn't.

3. tb727 says:

The game clock has tenths but the shot clock, at least in the NBA, does not.

4. Anonymous says:

ya so if theres a TO and they look up and see 5.7 or 3.2 they know how much time but, if youre running down the floor dribbling the ball how can you look or worry about tenths? i just dont think its that necessary, and im still pretty sure they have tenths once it goes under a min.

5. tb727 says:

They have tenths for the game clock- I'm not disputing that.

But what if the ball's knocked out and the shot clock reads 1 second? If it's really 0.3 it has to be a tip. If it's really 1.9 there's time for a dribble and a shot. Two totally different scenarios that could drastically change the outcome of the game.

6. JR says:

You think with every little thing they've added, they would have added the tenths by now on the shot clock. Then again you'd still have the issue of a slow or quick trigger finger at the scorers table.