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The trey is the thing in today's NBA

Updated: January 2, 2003, 4:26 PM ET
By Mark Haubner | ESPN.com

There was something odd the other day while watching a replay of Game 4 of the classic 1981 Eastern Conference Finals series between Boston and Philadelphia.

Namely, the Celtics penetrated into the lane and kicked out to Chris Ford, one of the best outside shooters of the day, behind the 3-point line. With his defender a few feet away and trying to recover, Ford set himself and then & didn't shoot.

It was a slightly jarring moment considering the practices of the contemporary NBA ...

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