The original concept of the 3-point line began in the old ABA in the late 60's and was adopted by the NBA once the 2 leagues merged in 1979. There hasn't been a change to the points awarded for a long range shot since then.
Basketball Manitoba Executive Director , Adam Wedlake commented...
"This is a great move for basketball in Manitoba! This will completely change how the game is played and rewards the player who can hit that smart shot. I'm looking forward to seeing the first 5-point play later this year! We can't wait to get our young athletes shooting from that distance with a number of '4-Point Shooting Camps' we have scheduled later this spring'. I was however disappointed that the '5-point half court shot rule' was voted down by FIBA"The change will be introduced to all levels of basketball in Manitoba affective April 1, 2014 and came from consulting firm Yad, Sloof and Lirpa who lobbied FIBA on Basketball Manitoba's behalf.
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