Roy Hibbert Receives NBA Officiating Memo, Plans To Be “On Point”

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Mike Bantom, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Referee Operations, is cracking down on a very specific point of contention.

The issue at hand? Verticality.

Secondary defenders are permitted to challenge an oncoming offensive player so long as they stay “vertical.” However, according to a memorandum sent to all owners, general managers, coaches and officials over the weekend, there has been a noticeable increase of players bending, if not breaking, the rule.

We have noticed that defenders have been turning sideways when jumping to defend
an oncoming offensive player on drives to the basket. This is illegal and referees are
being instructed to call this a blocking foul.”

The memo contained links to videos showcasing examples of rule violators, including Spencer Hawes, Jonas Valanciunas, Greg Monroe and Jared Sullinger. It also contained one linked example of a slight turn which is deemed legal, as illustrated by Alexis Ajinca.

In addition to those addressed in the memo, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was also a recipient.

NBA Admits Refs Missed Foul Call in Mavs-Wolves Game

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malloyNBA referees have had better weeks.

On Thursday, the league admitted that Blake Griffin should not have been given a technical foul – his second of the game, resulting in an ejection – in the Christmas matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

On Tuesday, the league announced that Dallas forward Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul on his “blocked shot” on Minnesota’s Kevin Love at the end of Monday’s 100-98 win by the Mavericks.

Bernucca: Spurs, Heat showing championships are won on the road

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LeBron JamesThe Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers have gotten this far in the postseason by winning at home.

But the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are going to the NBA Finals by winning on the road.

The Grizzlies and Pacers were very good home teams in the regular season. Memphis was 32-9 and lost just once at FedEx Forum after Feb. 8. Indiana was 30-11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and went more than two months early in the season without a home loss.

And while teams in the top of the bracket such as Oklahoma City, New York, Denver, Brooklyn and even San Antonio and Miami stubbed their toes at home early in the postseason, Memphis and Indiana remained perfect in their own buildings. Both teams were 6-0 at home through the first two rounds.

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Bernucca: Time for NBA referees to snap out of it

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Having coached high school basketball for the last two seasons, I have gained a true appreciation for the quality of officiating by NBA referees.

Until this week.

This was a bad week for the league and its referees, as the NBA admitted there were blown calls that changed the outcome of two games.

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Our night with John Adams, the NCAA’s head of officials

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It’s a dark, snowy Tuesday night in Hamden, Connecticut, the kind that last all basketball NCAA director of officials and referees season in the Northeast. John W. Adams is sitting by himself in the last row at the TD Bank SportsCenter, preparing to take in yet another game in the long stretch of games that make up his life each winter.

Over the next five months, the NCAA’s head of men’s basketball officials will traverse the country, going from city to city, small gym to huge arena, to evaluate as many of our nation’s college basketball officials as he can. His recommendations will determine which referees make it to the NCAA Tournament, which ones advance, and ultimately, who will toss the ball into the air at the Final Four.

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