Bru's Views: Quit giving NBA Teams Free Time Outs

05/11/2015 04:58 PM

LeBron James hit a buzzer beater Sunday to help Cleveland beat Chicago 86-84 and tie the best of 7 series at 2-2. That’s not the story. The story is the free
time out the Cavs got at the end of the game.

Because the Refs wanted to check how much time was left on the clock…..they stopped action in the final second to look at the replay monitor. That stoppage allowed, the Cavs, who had no timeouts left, to regroup, and in essence talk about and change their designed play. Instead of Lebron inbounding the ball, he got the pass and made the shot. I have no problem with the refs taking their time to get things right. I do think it’s ridiculous to let players and coaches discuss strategy when they have no timeouts left. It’s unfair to the opposing team..in this case the Bulls. They are on defense, they’re at a disadvantage to begin with.

In my opinion..for all stoppages the players on the court cannot be anywhere near the bench during the stoppage. If the players want to chat amongst themselves…fine. Officials can take as long as they want to figure out what needs to be decided, but a team should never get an undue advantage for discussing strategy with the coaches when they are out of timeouts. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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