The NBA has been designing a centralized replay system, but it hadn’t been known when the NHL-style setup would go into effect.
Adam Silver – as the league took heat for replay reviews in the playoffs – got the job done.
Ira Winderman of the SunSentinel:
I’m all for getting calls correct, but the current system is ridiculously inefficient.
Officials waste so much time just going to the scorers’ table and waiting for the television to come out. Then, they huddle around a small screen in a noisy arena to focus on a call.
The system takes too long, and it too often produces bad calls.
A centralized system would drastically reduce setup time, and the reviewers could examine plays on bigger screens with more clarity. There might be kinks in the short term, but this will create a better viewing experience in the long run.
Only one person in NBA history has coached as many games as Brett Brown and had a worst winning percentage.
The 76ers coach, who sports a 37-127 record, is trumped by just Brian Winters. Winters went 36-148 with the expansion Grizzlies and during interim stint guiding the Warriors.
Brown is entering the third season of his four-year contract, and Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie has been mum about an extension.
76ers owner Josh Harris is taking a similar approach, but he also says a lot of nice things about Brown.
Harris, via John Finger of CSN Philly:
“It’s probably not appropriate for me to talk about specifics about what the negotiations are with him,” Harris said during a media conference on Thursday at the team’s training camp at Stockton College.
“I give Brett an A for the job he’s done,” Harris said. “He’s been an incredible player development person, which is what we need at this point in time. He’s a great person to be around. He’s enthusiastic and he’s a born coach and a leader of men. I’m very impressed with Brett and I hope and expect Brett to be around the team for a very long time.”
Brown has done a fantastic job keeping this team engaged through losing and developing its young players. It’s not his fault Philadelphia stinks. Tanking is an organizational decision.
But the 76ers aren’t tanking forever, and soon, they’ll require a different type of coaching.
Is Brown up for it? No idea. He hasn’t had any chance to prove it.
After all he’s done, though, he probably deserves a chance to find out.
Thabo Sefolosha clearly believed in his innocence.
The Hawks wing rejected a plea deal of only day of community service and six months probation. That probably would have been easier than a trial.
But Sefolosha opted to fight the charges – misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Today, he was vindicated.
Sefolosha, who missed the playoffs due to a leg injury that seemingly occurred during his arrest, has made his case clear: New York police targeted him because he’s black. Given everything else we know about policing habits, that’s certainly believable.
We’ve also seen video of multiple officers literally pulling Sefolosha in different directions and one striking him in the leg with a nightstick. We don’t know what preceded that video, but especially given the information revealed at trial, it’s difficult to justify that use of force.
This verdict probably sets up Sefolosha’ to sue the NYPD.