Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Thibs would like expansion of video replay
By Nick Friedell
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- After a controversial loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he would like to see video replay expanded so referees could review more calls late in games.
Thibodeau angrily barked at referees late in Monday's game after a Kosta Koufos tip-in in the final minute wasn't reviewed but a Joakim Noah tip-in with 1.7 seconds left in overtime was checked. The explanation given to Thibodeau at the time was that the Koufos play couldn't be reviewed because it was not called at the time on the floor. The Noah play was called, according to the officials -- despite Thibodeau's appeal -- and the ruling was upheld.
Thibodeau would like to see the technology used more in the future.
"That was the part I didn't like," Thibodeau said after Wednesday's practice. "Just the way it all unfolded. You know what? It was an incredible play. It was tough to ... even watching it on replay ... and as I said I thought up to that point the game was very well officiated. And I don't want to put the blame on (the officials). It was bang-bang and it was a tough call to make and there's a lot going on in the game, but it does make sense to make it reviewable. That's why you have the video equipment there; so it didn't go our way that time, hopefully the next time it does."
Thibodeau said he did not speak to anyone within the league office regarding the calls.
"(Bulls GM) Gar (Forman) and (executive vice president) John (Paxson) handle that," Thibodeau said. "Look, (the officials) didn't cost us the game. There's a lot of stuff that happened in the game. Actually the game up until the end I thought was refereed extremely well. Kenny Mauer's one of the best officials in the league so I don't have a problem with that. We have to do better. So we learn from it and move on."