Originally posted on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 11/17/12
The NBA has been expanding the use of instant replay on an annual basis for a few years now, and to this point I’ve had no issue with that.  While I’d hate to see the NBA turn into the NFL with a debate to be had and replays to be shown following the majority of sequences, I think I speak for all fans of the sport when I say I want to see correct calls made.  One would think the expanded use of replay would help officials to do this, and I do believe it has… but there are too many cases in which it does not. I try to cut officials some slack in regards to their real-time decisions.  NBA basketball is often played at a hypersonic pace, and these refs are expected to make difficult calls without the benefit of slow motion or multiple angles.  For the most part, I think the majority of the league’s officials do a pretty good job, and I understand that human error will always be part of the game.  That being said, I cannot excuse a referee for f@cking up a call that they were able to spend five minutes reviewing.  For example, the ruling of flagrant penalty one was upheld after a review of the following play. Unless the NBA is suggesting that defenders should simply allow an offensive player to finish after the whistle, I don’t see how this can be ruled a flagrant foul.  The NBA’s definition of a flagrant penalty one is as follows: A flagrant foul-penalty (1) is unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent. Okay, so my question is this: what did JR Smith do that was unnecessary?  Had he not held Tony Allen’s arm for a brief moment Allen likely would’ve ripped right through the swipe and dunked the ball with ease.  Note that Allen was able to finish the play anyway, despite the “flagrant” hold. Based on calls like this one, I believe NBA officials need to better understand that it doesn’t take violent contact to knock a high-flying player like Tony Allen off balance.  A fall to the floor shouldn’t render your standard hand-on-arm contact during a slam dunk attempt anything more than a personal foul.  Officials should be instructed to stop assessing the flagrancy of fouls based on the aftermath of the contact.  Look at the the contact itself to determine whether or not the line was crossed. My second example of failure despite replay comes without a video, but you can refer to the 2:11 mark of the third quarter of Dallas @ Indiana if you so choose.  During a battle for a loose ball, Vince Carter struck Tyler Hansbrough in the face with the back of his hand.  Carter was given a flagrant one, bringing about a mandatory replay.  Upon further review, it became clear what had happened: Carter was inadvertently poked in the eye by Hansbrough, and his arms flailed out in reaction to the strike.  That’s when his right hand happened to whack Hansbrough, knocking him to the floor.  Carter wasn’t looking at Hansbrough when he hit him, nor did it appear that he did it on purpose.  The officials determined that no flagrant foul had been committed, but gave Carter a technical foul instead. How, in an instance where two players accidentally hit each other in the face, can one player be given a technical foul?  Quite frankly, it was a decision that defied logic.  The right call was an obvious one: downgrade Carter’s flagrant to a personal since going back and citing Hansbrough for his poke to the eye was not an option. In summation, it simply baffles me that the officials were unable to properly address these two incidents with the use of instant replay.  There’s no excuse to get it wrong when you’re allowed to look at the video, yet NBA officials are always bungling flagrant and technical foul scenarios.  It’s baffling, really.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker