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Should NBA referees wear Google glass?

Aug 20, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Victor Oladipo AP

This is not very likely to happen — the league wouldn’t let Victor Oladipo wear Google Glass to the NBA Draft, so they’re not about to let them wear it in games.

But should they — wear glasses that record and upload what they see so we can see, so the league office can see the game from their perspective?

It’s an interesting idea and it has at least one name front office guy intrigued: Darryl Morey of the Rockets. During a recent Reddit AMA he said: “This is a great idea! Ask Adam Silver” (referring to the guy taking over for David Stern next February). Was he serious, he was asked that and followed up on twitter.

Before you say it can’t be done, the WNBA tried out a ref cam as has the MLS, and the NFL has toyed with an “ump cam,” although because those officials wear hats it solves a couple logistical issues. The WNBA ref had to wear a battery vest (so like wearing a weight to the workout) and a kind of awkward mask/headband.

But with Google glass the technology gets better so….

Don’t bet on it. But if the NBA wanted some transparency, show a close block/charge call real time from the ref’s viewpoint. Considering how big and fast the players are in the NBA, that the refs are as accurate as they are is pretty amazing.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Yes, I think it would be great.

    It would either allow us to gain sympathy for the ref’s angle on calls or just make us realize how out of place these guys are on most plays and allow for better training.

    Either way, I think it’s a positive.

  2. jobotjones - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Why? So they can butcher even more calls?

  3. hannsta - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Deffinitly not going to happen. Would expose just how much guessing goes into calls. Though it would be funny to see the perspective of the ref who calls a shooting foul from the other side of the court.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Boom, roasted.

  4. Anoesis - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Before they move into the 21st century the NBA should acquaint itself with the 20th and get some of these guys regular glasses. “Hey, ref, it’s a good game, too bad you’re missing it!”

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Why not just have Google make robots to ref the game and take out the human element altogether! It’ll eliminate bias and be fair and clean throughout the whole game. No more “Iverson” treatment or “Jordan” rules.

  6. lemfaxx - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Not a good idea. They are not in the video games….

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I used to love the idea of replay but it’s gotten to the point where they miss just as many calls with it. I’d like to go back to very limited replay usage like game winners or things in the last 1 minute only.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      And the call gets reviewed from upstairs. I can’t stand the refs stopping the game for ten minutes.

    • hannsta - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      The problem is the thing that should actually be called in the review, cant be. Like a crucial out of bounds where someone pushes the other out of bounds. While its clearly a foul, the only thing that can be called on review is out of bounds on the player who was fouled.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        What if they just allowed the officials to use their judgment about what to review? And anything would be in play…. could be dangerous… could be brilliant.

  8. sidneyz - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    The day is coming near where refs will have some type of recording device on their body. But that day is not here yet due to the infancy of the technology. NBA in 2030 is gonna be a whole different animal! (The Lakers will have well surpassed the Celtics in championships by then)

  9. jbeagles23 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    How about they get refs younger than 60 because these refs call bs fouls trying to keep up with the greatest athletes in the world

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Yah, thank you. What’s my favorite part of pre game at an NBA game? Watching refs “warm up”. Run in place, stretch a hammy. Joey Crawford, stretching a hammy ain’t going to allow you to keep up with young men for 48 minutes.

  10. tampajoey - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    That would be great then all the games could be recorded straight to the NSA computers

  11. taylorgang24 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Fouls are the most subjective thing in the world, they’re from accurate. It’s just up to them, they decide.

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