Stu Jackson Rumors

“To include this in instant replay you have to, No. 1, make this judgment call an instant-replay trigger, which would be unprecedented,” Jackson said. “Secondly, you could be adding another boundary instant replay trigger that just isn’t in the rules. There’s only one like it, and that’s on a shot. Where do you draw the line on boundary plays? Do you go back two minutes prior to that where a guy might have stepped on the line inbounding the ball. It’s a slippery-slope kind of thing.” And as much flak as the refereeing crew took last night—Davis in particular—the fact remains that this is an apparently unprecedented situation. No question, there were missed calls all around, but really, this is just not something we see, ever. “I’ve never seen an inbounder offensively foul a defender on the ball,” Jackson said. “I’ve never seen it.”
“I don’t know if we ever go back,” said Stu Jackson, who is currently the senior associate commissioner of men’s basketball for the Big East Conference. “The evolution of the big guy in the NBA, in large part, was started by the way basketball around the world is being played. The influx of international players who trained differently and played more skillfully than domestic players was a big influence. It helped dictate the skill requirement and agility of today’s front-court players. “There’s still plenty of room in the game for a great back-to-the-basket player to score and thrive in the game. But on defense, he’d better have some versatility to be able to defend on the perimeter. That’s just how players play now. Wilt Chamberlain would have difficulty playing against some teams now defensively. I don’t think current players want to go back. The skill makes basketball beautiful.”
The NBA’s review of Dwight Howard’s contact with Andrew Bogut concluded that it did not rise to the level of excessive because Howard was trying to free himself from a tie-up with Bogut, president of basketball operations Rod Thorn told Tuesday. “It was a very close call as far as I’m concerned,” Thorn said. “As Bogut is holding his arm down, Howard tries to extricate his arm. He doesn’t hit him with his elbow, by the way. He hits him with the back of his hand, maybe a touch of the wrist. To me, it was unnecessary, but I didn’t think it was excessive.”