In a NBA season and offseason was not short on WTF moments, the league’ has given us another one, but not in a good way. The NBA thought it would be a good idea to institute the challenge flag rule from the NFL.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the NBA’s board of governors approved the change Tuesday and it will go into effect in the 2019-20 season.
Per the AP’s Tim Reynolds, each coach will get one challenge per game and and can contest “a personal foul charged to their team, a called out -of-bounds violation, goaltending violation or basket-interference violation.”
NBA Basketball Operations Byron Spruell said this in a memo to teams:
“As with other replay reviews, in order to overturn the event as called on the floor, there must be clear and conclusive visual evidence that the call was incorrect.”
It was obvious that something had to change as the officiating, particularly in the postseason, has gotten worse. If they would also address the ridiculous technical fouls, the asinine double technical and wanting to call a flagrant foul every time some one falls down, the league would be more watchable, and just better overall.