The block/charge call is both the toughest and most-often missed call in basketball. In 1997, the NBA introduced the semi-circle in the middle of the lane to help referees determine if the defender was under the bucket at the point of contact, but the impact has been minimal. Sometimes refs will pull out a call with grandeur so they look like they’re sure in their call. Other times, like in the video below, they’ll look absolutely clueless.
Tuesday in Sacramento, Timberwolves big man Kevin Love stepped in to take a charge as Kings center DeMarcus Cousins drove to the bucket. By just about everyone’s account, it looked like a charge (including to the official on the baseline). But another official saw it differently (naturally). He called it a block on Love.
The result: pure chaos and a call that made everyone scratch their head. Take a look.
It’s a block or a charge — not both. That’s like “well, it was borderline, it’s a strike…AND A BALL!” Pull it together, zebras.