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Should NBA referees wear Google glass?


This is not very likely to happen — the league wouldn’t let Victor Oladipo wear Google Glass to the NBA Draft, so they’re not about to let them wear it in games.

But should they — wear glasses that record and upload what they see so we can see, so the league office can see the game from their perspective?

It’s an interesting idea and it has at least one name front office guy intrigued: Darryl Morey of the Rockets. During a recent Reddit AMA he said: “This is a great idea! Ask Adam Silver” (referring to the guy taking over for David Stern next February). Was he serious, he was asked that and followed up on twitter.

Before you say it can’t be done, the WNBA tried out a ref cam as has the MLS, and the NFL has toyed with an “ump cam,” although because those officials wear hats it solves a couple logistical issues. The WNBA ref had to wear a battery vest (so like wearing a weight to the workout) and a kind of awkward mask/headband.

But with Google glass the technology gets better so….

Don’t bet on it. But if the NBA wanted some transparency, show a close block/charge call real time from the ref’s viewpoint. Considering how big and fast the players are in the NBA, that the refs are as accurate as they are is pretty amazing.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.