Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  15 responses

NBA Coaches to Throw NFL-Style Challenge Flags in the Future?

David Stern knows his refs are under fire once again — how could he not? — and hints that the NBA may employ replay officials, and that coaches may be allowed to throw the proverbial challenge flag on questionable calls at some point in the future. From the NY Daily News: “With referees again under heavy criticism for their officiating during the playoffs, commissioner David Stern hinted Thursday that the NBA may adopt new rules for disputed calls, including NFL-style challenges. ‘Eventually, you may have someone sitting at a desk rather than having a discussion of three referees every time there’s a disputed play,’ Stern said. ‘We might have one person whose job it is to keep the headphones on and always watch. And you might let a coach throw the flag in the last two minutes. We’re striving for accuracy. We have to find a way to speed the game up, and to get it right. That’s the most important … ‘The officiating has been how officiating is,’ Stern said. ‘We have this issue. We have humans that officiate our games and they don’t catch everything. But they’re the best at what they do.’”

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  • http://kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    Wow, Stern rarely if ever admits that the officiating needs changes. I fully support more accurate calls no matter what gimmicks are used to get them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    A challenge flag, stupid. Let’s implement players calling their own fouls.

  • AD

    lol this came to my mind b4… but ynot.. officials are the most important so why not add new ways to make officiating.. OFFICIALLL .. but they wud have to put for like only the fouth quarter and overtimes tho in my opinnion

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Let’s do advantage rules like in soccer!

  • TheGlove

    This is ridiculous. I’m worried this is going to disrupt the flow of the game. I think everyone needs to ease off the refs, they’re human and they’re susceptible to making bad calls both ways. Games aren’t won or lost on one blown foul call.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Thats right the refs are like Wolverine, the best at what they do!

  • JL

    who cares about a couple seconds to minutes delay if they get the call right at end of game situations. it’s hilarious when they can review to see who the ball was stripped off of but can’t acknowledge that they missed the foul call. wut is up with that. change the rules with the times stern. more respect for getting things right than fast and wrong.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign JL 100%. Who cares about the flow of the game when refs mistakes are costing teams the entire ball game–in the PLAYOFFS! Unless youre a Lakers, Heat, or Bulls fan, which, in that case, you must love the referees.
    This rule makes the most sense–why not have someone with a better view of the game, you know, making the right callsÉ(question mark).

  • http://slamonline.com BigBlockMopar+Basketball

    Heavens no!

  • Jono

    @TheGlove You’re kidding right? So you’re saying that Thunder tip-in should be considered as an acceptable mistake? When you’re team is a point down with a minute left, a call like that has got to be challenged.

  • TR

    What’s the over/under for size of the settlement sum once some uncoordinated-ass coach chucks that flag under the feet of a speeding DRose and totally wipes him out?

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    Iv always said that this would be a great idea for the NBA. Im not sure about all the flag stuff, but a coach should get several chances (at least several) to challenge plays throughout the couse of a game.

  • http://slamonline.com JJAkroyd

    They’re gonna need a lot of flags.

  • dma

    They should arm coaches with a 360 or PS3 controller and let them push Start.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    He’s saying refs will be bots in the future.