A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 11, 2015
“You can’t win a championship shooting jumpers” (basketball adage)

It’s a basketball adage that jumpshooting teams (such as teams that rely on three-point shots) do not win championships. A successful basketball team must also have an inside game because outside shooting runs both hot and cold.

“I have yet to see a team win a championship shooting the three-point shot” was cited in print in 1997. “There’s no way you can win a championship shooting three-pointers” was cited in 2002.


Chicago (IL) Tribune
Bickerstaff Did It, But These Bullets Aren’t From Denver
April 24, 1997|By Sam Smith, Tribune Pro Basketball Writer.
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Yet, says Buck Williams, “I’d much rather face a team that’s going to set a record for three-point shooting. I have yet to see a team win a championship shooting the three-point shot.”

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Laker Victory Is a Thriller
Pro basketball: In a back-and-forth, exciting game, L.A. holds on for 105-103 win over Dallas.

March 18, 2002|TIM BROWN | TIMES STAFF WRITER
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Neither, apparently, was it the Mavericks’, at least not according to their new guard, recently paroled from Denver. “We shot way too many three-pointers,” Van Exel said. “Eventually, you’re going to have to take the ball to the basket. Teams don’t give you three-pointers; they welcome your three-pointers. There’s no way you can win a championship shooting three-pointers.”

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Adam McKay
‏@GhostPanther
Hard to win a championship shooting 3’s. Who’s ever done it?
9:42 PM - 4 Jun 2009

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uncleyuki
‏@uncleyuki
it goes to show you can’t win a championship shooting jumpshots; it’s just not the right way to play the game obviously.
4:12 PM - 15 Jun 2009

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Mr. Franklin
‏@Hail_Rayle
Can’t win championships shooting jumpshots all day! SMH at the #mavs
7:32 PM - 29 Apr 2010

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Ultron
‏@PrinceHAK33M
RT @WhiteRodo: U can’t win championships shooting 3s all the fuckin time… > Exactly. When they don’t fall. ur dead. Lol
7:52 PM - 3 Mar 2011

Chicago (IL) Now
Bulls fall to Pacers as Boozer yanked for Scalabrine
By DougThonus, January 26, 2012 at 9:14 am
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COMMENTS
BigWay said January 26, 2012 at 12:00 am
In reply to Villageworker2:
As Charles Barkley often says, you don’t win championships shooting jumpers, much less fade away ones.

San Jose (CA) Mercury News
Here’s why the Warriors have every chance to win the title in June: It’s all about the D plus the 3′s
Posted on January 11, 2015 by Tim Kawakami
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“The old adage, ‘You can’t win championships by shooting threes’… I roll my eyes at that one,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after practice on Sunday.

“You have to make threes to win championships.

“But you’ve got to defend, too. You can’t just be, you know, run and chuck. You’ve got to execute.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Sunday, January 11, 2015 • Permalink