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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.”