NBA asked to cease 'last 2-min' reports

CLEVELAND • The National Basketball Referees Association asked the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday to stop issuing reports on the last two minutes of tight games to analyse the accuracy of late game calls.

Just five days after NBA commissioner Adam Silver backed the reports as important to show transparency, the officials' union said making the reports public harms referees and the sport by creating hostile environments and says there is no evidence reports have helped create more trust with fans through open self-criticism.

"The Last Two-Minute Report, we do to be as transparent as possible with the public in terms of how we think critical moments of the game are being officiated," Silver said. "We're in the second year of our Last Two-Minute Reports and I still remain strongly behind them."

The referees outlined reforms and recommended changes if the NBA continues making the reports public for games won by a margin of five or fewer points.

According to the NBA, referees make the correct call 96.2 per cent of the time on whistled plays and 87.2 per cent on all plays in the final two minutes of games.

Last month, the NBA admitted referees missed not calling Russell Westbrook for travelling late in the Warriors' loss to the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

In Oklahoma City's second-round series against San Antonio, the league admitted officiating crews made errors in the second and fifth games, both that benefited Oklahoma City.

"We're building trust and integrity in the league. People are going to recognise that officials are going to make mistakes. They are going to try to understand why," Silver said.

"Last Two-Minute Reports are showing the referees get it right about 90 per cent of the time. I'd like that to be 100 per cent. I'd love to get zero errors. I don't think we're ever going to be there. But we can learn from these reports."

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