Following a busy postseason for NBA referees, the debate rages on. Should human refs be replaced by technology?
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry weighed in during a Q&A at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last week and discussed refereeing in the NBA, citing his mouthguard throwing incident that got him booted from Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Curry also praised The Warriors’ aggressive push into training technologies like motion trackers. Asked what technology he’d be most interested in incorporating into his regiment, he joked, “One would be to just help me dunk more. I can’t do that. Something you can put in your calf.” As for whether he’d be okay with robots replaces refs, he added, “I would love that. But I would have to throw my mouthpiece at those new inventions.”
While Curry may want to see refs get the boot in favor of robots, commissioner Adam Silver stood by the officials in May when he said that NBA refs get “roughly 90 percent” of calls correct, so don’t expect to see a change anytime soon.