By Charlie O. Mallonee @ESPN1320
The NBA promised fans that 2020 All-Star was going to be new and improved. Everyone was skeptical because “the Association” has promised a more competitive game for years and it just has not happened.
Guess what? The NBA delivered and delivered big.
The fourth quarter was amazing
The game ended on a free throw converted by Anthony Davis. Davis missed the first opportunity but converted the second free throw to win the game 157-155.
Some have complained about the game ending on a free throw. That is ridiculous because regulation, playoff and championship games can end on a converted free throw. The format might need some tweaks but not that many.
All professional leagues need to watch the XFL and how the revised league is handling video challenges and replay. The on-field officials do not become involved in the review other than communicating with the booth via audio. The television broadcast shows the replay official reviewing the play and fans can hear the officials remarks about what he sees. The replay official makes the call, tells the referee on the field what decision is, the referee informs the teams and fans and the game moves on. The delay is minimal, and the television viewers are involved in what is going on in the decision process.
The NBA needs to follow the same process for the All-Star game and all their other games. They need to show what is happening in the control center in Secaucus, New Jersey while the referees stay on the court. The replay official should make the call and inform the P.A. announcer who will tell everyone in the arena of the decision so the game can continue quickly.
Thanks to the XFL for showing us the way.
Congratulations to the NBA
The National Basketball Association took a chance and made a change to their All-Star Game. The result was a Triple Double. They have found a formula to have “Showtime” and serious basketball in the same game. “Cheers” to the NBA.