As if the onslaught of commercial timeouts, officials timeouts, and team stoppages of play were not enough, the NBA is considering expanding their use of instant replay in late-game situations. After meeting this week, the rules committee is contemplating the addition of referees having access to instant replay, with under two minutes left in the game, to review block/charge calls. From the Associated Press:
The NBA's competition committee is recommending an expansion of instant replay to include block/charge calls in late-game situations. This marks the first time the league is considering using replay to examine judgment calls by the referees.
The committee met Wednesday in San Antonio during the NBA Finals. Current rules only allow officials to see if a player's feet are in the restricted area under the basket or out of it in the final two minutes of the game or in overtime.
The committee also is recommending that the league's board of governors allow replay to be used for off-the-ball fouls on inbounds plays and on made free throws.
Getting the call right is obviously important, but so is the flow of the game. As it stands now, end of game reviews take far too much time, and even with review it can be near impossible to determine things such as who the ball touched last. The league has also thrown around the idea of using a replay system similar to the NHL where the reviews will be made at a central location by officials watching from a monitor.
If the NBA can find a way to add reviews without altering the time and flow of the game too drastically then this is an improvement. The league has been focusing on the block/charge call and put emphasis on flopping, so this could be a measure to help cut down on flops and award actual defense.