NBA will keep publishing day-after reports on referees
Despite criticism from players, coaches and media members, the NBA will keep publishing day-after reports of referees’ calls in the final two minutes of playoff games, including inaccurate calls.
“I just think we’re seeing more transparency in all of society now,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Many NBA voices think it is too transparent.
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook was not called for a travel late in the Western Conference finals opener against Golden State, but Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said the next day the league’s two-minute report was “unfair to the officials” despite acknowledging a travel should have been called.
Two games in the West semifinals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio were affected by missed calls later noted in the two-minute report.
Miami guard Dwyane Wade called the reports “pointless” and “not a good thing,” encouraging the league to focus more on an entire game and not just the final minutes of it.
Wade’s comments came after he was involved in a controversial play in the first round, unable to draw a foul despite contact by two Charlotte players in the final seconds of a Miami loss.
Silver covered other topics Thursday, voicing optimism there would not be any labor strife after next season because of the league’s successful “macro financials.” Just the same, the players’ union could opt out next July after the sixth year of a 10-year collective-bargaining agreement.
Silver also said there were no plans to increase the depth of the three-point line despite record-setting playoff efforts behind the arc by Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The three-point line is currently 23 feet and nine inches.
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