Officiating Rumors

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” A league source says that almost 80% of this season’s hacking was done to five players: Jordan, Andre Drummond of Detroit and Howard, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey of Houston.
A day later, the league’s Last Two Minute report confirmed that the call was right. “After communicating with the Replay Center, the ruling on the court that Pierce’s (WAS) successful three-point field goal was released before time expired was overturned,” the report said. There wasn’t really any controversy about this at the time; the video seemed to show fairly clearly that the ball was still touching Pierce’s hand as the red lights went on, indicating that the clock had run out. But the publishing of these reports continues to be a welcome effort at transparency nonetheless.