Before the 2019-2020 NBA season, the league’s general managers voted to adopt the coach’s challenge. This new rule allows for one challenge per game, regardless of the outcome. Since November 30th, there have been 174 challenges and 75 resulted in overturned calls. Currently the success rate for challenges is only 43 percent.
Recently, after Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens commented on the rule after a failed challenge. “I’m done with these f-kn challenges” “This is unbelievable.” In response, Montey McCutchen the NBA vice president of referee and development had this to say “We’re very pleased with how a very difficult concept and rule has been implemented.”
The Rockets and Spurs played December 4th and the challenge rule was brought into play. Mike D’antoni challenged a call on the court. A strange dunk by Rockets star James Harden was not ruled a basket. Later officials admitted that they made a mistake. The Rockets are expected to protest the decision.
The article was written by Tim Bontemps and Brian Windhorst. Both have been journalists for years and are well respected. There is also a video segment from ESPN’s First Take. They both agree that the blown basket doesn’t matter. They still crumbled defensively late game. Which gave them the game in the 4th quarter.