NBA to test coach’s replay challenge this summer

The controversy in Game 1 of the Finals with the Cavs and the referees has put NBA officiating front and center.

With the officiating facing plenty of scrutiny, not only in the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, but pretty much all season, the league is planning to experiment with a coach’s challenge system this summer.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the NBA will give the system a shot during the Las Vegas Summer League. The report says officials are still working on what the mechanism coaches will utilize to trigger a challenge and what the parameters will be.

In recent years, the NBA has utilized the summer league and the G League to give some rules changes some run, including tinkering with the goaltending rules, enlarging officiating crews and most dramatically, even trying out a 4-point line.

The NBA has increased the use of instant replay throughout the last decade, routinely adding the types of plays that can be looked at and what triggers allow the referees to look at plays.

According to Windhorst, no matter how the resting goes in Las Vegas, it is unlikely the NBA would implement any challenge rules for the 2018-19 season.

“We’ve wanted to do it [in the NBA] for years,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said on SiriusXM Radio on Sunday, per AJ Neuharth-Keusch of USA Today. “The competition committee has been trying to figure out how we actually do this, because there’s some complications. It’s not quite as simple as you might imagine. We’ve had it in the G League for a number of years now and it’s been very effective. We’re going to try it in a very limited form in Summer League and we’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to let everybody look at it.”

1 Comment on "NBA to test coach’s replay challenge this summer"

  1. One thing they could do, is put a replay challenge or official review at 1 per half or 1 per quarter depending on desires similar to what roller derby does, except with access to replay cameras. If proven right, they keep their official review for the quarter or half (depending on how the nba chooses to implement it). If proven wrong, they lose it. That way it can be a civil and legit challenge, that doesn’t reward the whiners of the league.

    When I say whiners of the league, we all know that players in the heat of the moment have more of a tendency to whine: legit, controversial, or not. Coaches can whine too but, coaches are less likely to whine since they are not the ones getting hit (or not). I have my opinions when it comes to that but, for the sake of argument I am sticking to my overall point instead of sharing who I think are the whiners of the league. The officials can use replay when they want to as well.

    It takes away from the game when players and coaches take time out of the action to whine about a call or non-call. Its one thing if the action has stopped but, its a nuisance to your team if you don’t get back on defense after a non-call because or whining. It doesn’t look good at all.

    I have seen legit, controversial, and not legit whining in these finals on both sides. I’m not saying who or what game but, star treatment is relevant here. We all know star treatment happens. We all know that certain calls are missed. We know which players have reputations positive and negative with the refs. We all know refs are human first. Doing an official review at 1 per at minimum would take the whiners more out of the equation. Besides, there is always techs that can be used otherwise if players and coaches get too emotional.

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