HoopsHype Referees rumors
We’ve heard rumblings and reports that the NBA would implement a centralized video replay center as early as next season, in order to help the officials in the arena more efficiently determine the outcome of reviewable calls in real time. The league has made it somewhat official, according to a survey it sent out to fans asking for opinions on what they should call this video review location. “The NBA is in the process of building a central location to aid officials in the review of video replays during games,” the survey said, which the NBA sent out via its Fan Forum program. “The central location will aid officials in the review of video replays during games in an effort to improve the accuracy and speed by which reviews are conducted.” NBCSports.com
NBA referee Joey Crawford angered Thunder fans when he stopped a Kevin Durant free throw in overtime of Game 5 of the Thunder-Grizzlies first-round series on Tuesday night. Crawford did it to fix a problem with the scoreboard. Durant eventually took the free throw and missed. The Thunder lost by one point. Royce Young: Scott Brooks on Joey Crawford taking the ball away: "It was an awkward situation. I'll say that." For The Win
Former referee Tim Donaghy, who served 15 months in prison for fixing NBA games, says the NBA is pressuring officials to side with the Nets in their series against the Raptors. "(The Raptors) are not only going against the Brooklyn Nets but going against the league office," Donaghy said in a radio interview in Canada. "They have a very talented team and have to be that much better than the Brooklyn Nets." FOXSports.com
Why would the NBA want the Nets to advance? Donaghy says it's all about television ratings. "In this situation, Brooklyn would be put at an advantage. A Brooklyn-Miami matchup (in Round 2) would bring great ratings and that's what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices -- bringing in as many dollars as they can. ... Some of the things that the league does and continues to do puts these teams at a disadvantage -- like the Toronto Raptors -- because moving forward they won't bring in the big dollars for the league. It's terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team but really they're going to have trouble moving on based on talent and what takes place on the floor when they're really going against the refs and the league, along with the Nets." FOXSports.com
Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night. The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows. The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come. As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections. Oklahoman
For more than a month-and-a-half, Cousins had avoided picking up his dreaded 16th technical foul. The 23-year-old center was last T’d up during a Feb. 25 match-up against the Houston Rockets. The 21-game period from late February to mid April was the longest streak of no technical foul calls for Cousins in his four-year career. “It would be disappointing,” Kings starting point guard Isaiah Thomas said when asked about the possibility of not having Cousins available for the final game of the season. “But we’ve had him out before, we’ve had Rudy (Gay) out before and even had myself out before so there’s no excuses. We gotta go out and play and try to win a ball game.” Cowbell Kingdom
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