More news of the NBA league office over today, this time regarding the action on the court. More specifically, reviewing the action on the court.Following a vote by the league's owners, an expansion of instant replay is coming. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk.com breaks down the specific areas about to receive more attention. On all flagrant foul calls. Previously referees could only review a flagrant 2 call, the more severe that called for ejection. That led to some awkward decisions, lets just call this the Udonis Haslem rule. Now if its a flagrant it can be reviewed. As it should have been at the start.
On late game goaltendingrestricted area calls in the final two minutes of games. Again, you want calls to be correct at the end of games so this makes sense. Allowing the referees to review goaltending calls, which is a little more straightforward, is pretty easy.Helin also correctly notes the restricted area calls are further complicated because of the always tricky blockcharge aspect and how such calls often involve several moving parts, as it were. Part of me gets a little nervous with each extra scenario added to instant replay's purview. However, to date the NBA system of checks has proved rather efficient, especially compared to its NFL brethren.