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Byron Scott would like to see 4-point shot

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LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott took plenty of criticism last preseason when he said he didn't exactly agree with the skyrocketing rate of 3-pointers throughout the league in recent years.

"I don't believe it wins championships," Scott said last October.

That didn't play out last season, as the final four teams standing in the 2015 playoffs were among the league's top five teams in made 3-pointers during the regular season: the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. (The other team was the Clippers, who were one win away from reaching the conference finals.)

And the Warriors won an NBA title, setting a Finals record with 67 made 3-pointers.

Eight of the last nine NBA champions also led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes.

But Scott appears to have changed his tune this season -- or at least it seemed that way Tuesday when he was asked if he wanted to get rid of the 3-point line altogether after his team's shootaround.

"No, I think the 3-point line is exciting," Scott said in advance of the Lakers' preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"I would add another line -- make a 4-point line as well. I would say, let's go another three or four feet back and that's a four-pointer."

And after saying last season he wanted his team to fire 12-15 3-pointers per game, a figure that would have placed them toward the bottom of the league.

Now, Scott also says he wants them to shoot between 18-25 3-pointers per game this season.

"We've got guys that can shoot it," Scott said. "I don't know how many we're going to make, but with Lou [Williams] and Kobe [Bryant], the way he's shooting right now and Jordan [Clarkson], who's capable of knocking them down, and Nick [Young], who's capable of knocking them down. We have four or five guys, [plus] Anthony Brown, who can shoot it from that distance. So we've got some guys who can knock it down."

The Lakers ultimately averaged 18.9 3-point attempts per game last season, 25th in the league. The Houston Rockets led the league in 3-point attempts (32.7).

Aside from adding a 4-point line, is there anything else Scott would change if he could?

"If I was [NBA] commissioner for a day, we'd go back to the '80s type of style of basketball," said Scott, who played on the 1980s "Showtime" Lakers teams. "No blood, no foul. No flagrants. You run through the paint, you're going to get hit. I would just go back to those type of rules."