The NBA is looking into potential rule changes that could help its officials get a few more late-game calls right, but that accuracy will come at a cost.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), the league's "competition committee is recommending an expansion of instant replay to include block/charge calls in late-game situations."
If the league adopts the committee's suggestions, NBA referees could employ replay to scrutinize "judgment calls" for the first time ever. Up to this point, video reviews only applied to rulings of the more black-and-white variety: Was a player's foot on or behind the three-point line? Which team touched the ball last before it went out of bounds? Stuff like that.
Now, the persistently difficult block/charge call could become reviewable. Call it Pandora's box or a can of worms if you like, but the truth is that these uniquely difficult calls need to be made correctly. Replay could help in that effort, but there are sure to be problems with such a system that could further slow the already bogged down late-game proceedings in the NBA.