Challenge flags are coming to the NBA. Well, for the summer at least.
The challenge flag exists in the NFL, and the MLB has a manager challenge system as well. The NBA has expanded its reviewing policy recently and now appears to be adding challenge flags to the mix.
SiriusXM NBA's Justin Termine tweeted this afternoon that the NBA's vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe informed him the league will be experimenting with a challenge flag during summer league play.
There's no further info as to what calls a coach could challenge or how many times he could do so.
As you might imagine, this isn't going over too well among fans and media. We can't blame them.
Sure, instant replay is part of the NBA and is necessary. But a challenge flag? It doesn't seem right.
Also, slowing down the game with coach challenges is something the NBA probably doesn't want to happen. This rule doesn't seem like it will be around very long.
Our guess is it doesn't get used past the summer league.