How George Steinbrenner and the Harlem Globetrotters Changed the NBA Forever

George Steinbrenner demanded answers. There was something he needed to know: What was the point of the 3-point line? It was a Saturday morning in June 1961, and the future owner of the New York Yankees found himself in one of the very first arguments about the value of 3-pointers. Steinbrenner had come to this…

How George Steinbrenner and the Harlem Globetrotters Changed the NBA Forever

George Steinbrenner demanded answers. There was something he needed to know: What was the point of the 3-point line?

It was a Saturday morning in June 1961, and the future owner of the New York Yankees found himself in one of the very first arguments about the value of 3-pointers. Steinbrenner had come to this Chicago hotel for a meeting of the American Basketball League, a quixotic bet on the prospect of a few rules tweaks producing a rival to the National Basketball Association, and the owners realized the 3-point line…

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