Challenges are coming.
The NBA’s Board of Governors voted to allow coaches to challenge calls during games on Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported. The Board also approved a measure that seems to borrow a bit from Major League Baseball. The NBA replay center will be able to turn to instant replay on its own accord to decide if a basket is worth two or three points and on see if a player gets a shot off before time elapsed.
“These initiatives further strengthen our officiating program and help referees make the right call,” league operations president Byron Spruell said in a release. “Giving head coaches a voice will enhance the confidence in our replay process among teams and fans and add a new, exciting strategic element to our game. Enabling the NBA Replay Center to trigger instant replay will improve game flow and provide real-time awareness of any adjustments to the score.”
Each game, head coaches will start with one challenge and need to have a time out left in order to use it. Most importantly, however, is the precise movement coaches must use in order to signal that they’re calling for a challenge. Officially, they’ll have to demonstrate a “twirling” of his finger towards a referee after calling for a time out, according to Yahoo, which might be ridiculous enough to make up for how much time this whole thing will waste.
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