THE NBA ACKNOWLEDGES THAT A CALL AT THE END OF A GAME WAS WRONG. As reported in this article by Jon Krawczynski, the NBA has acknowledged that the referees made a mistake in the last seconds of a game. The NBA said that Shawn Marion fouled Kevin Love and the referees should have called the foul. It had a big effect on the outcome of the game. I was astonished by the NBA admission. The NBA has seemed resolute in the past in never acknowledging that bad calls had affected a game. I learned from the article that the NBA also acknowledged after a game last season that “officials erred in not calling Kobe Bryant for a foul on Ricky Rubio’s last-second 3-point attempt”. I wonder if the NBA is changing its policy on acknowledging refereeing mistakes.
I wonder if the NBA is changing another policy. The NBA has been reluctant to have a game decided by free throws at the end of game. It’s not exciting. Try to think of games which have been decided by a player standing at the free throw line in the last seconds. Most forms of mayhem in the last few seconds don’t result in free throws. Perhaps the increased use of instant replay in other sports is having an effect on the NBA.