LeBron James open to fouls being called through instant replay
LeBron James on Wednesday indicated an openness to having fouls called through instant replay. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s opinion on the matter presumably is much bolder in part due to controversial ending to a 99-92 Christmas Day loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA acknowledged Kevin Durant fouled James three times in the waning minutes of the game in its “NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report.” Although the same report indicates James should have been called for a foul on Draymond Green with less than a minute to play as well.
Still, James appears to be a proponent of allowing officials to use instant reply to assess fouls after the fact.
“I believe so,” James said, via Cleveland.com. “I think for me the worst thing is when I actually go and talk to the ref and they say, ‘It was nothing,'” James said. “Like I go over, ‘You didn’t see that?’ ‘No I didn’t think it was anything. It was no call. No foul.’
“That’s the worst for me. If he says, ‘I missed that one’ or ‘maybe I wasn’t in the right position,’ but when you see the ref right there on the baseline looking at the whole play and you go up to him and he says there’s no call multiple times in crunch time? That’s the frustrating part.
“And for me it’s even more frustrating because I know how I’m officiated at times.”
Interestingly, James has previously railed against calls being reversed in games after replay review. James was asked about the inconsistency on his stance depending on the situation.
“I don’t know,” James said. “That’s something we got to all discuss but at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can do about it.
The thought that NBA officials could retroactively call fouls after instigating a replay review is an interesting one. That said, odds are the NBA will not be instituting such a dramatic change anytime soon, even with James throwing his considerable weight behind it.