Where do we go from here?
Going forward, the implications are tremendous. Sure, the Rockets did not deserve to win a contest they had nearly 18 minutes of game time to influence after the botched call. But, from this point forward, how should the NBA handle such situations? After all, every team in the Association stands to suffer from less than stellar officiating policies.
When—not if—an optical illusion situation transpires again that even three qualified on-court officials get wrong in real-time, another franchise will lose its opportunity to receive an accurately called game.
While an imperfect system, I offer the following five NBA rule proposals for a contested shot in a similar situation to what transpired in San Antonio. I consider these amendments collectively to function as an optical illusion clause, because after all, officials—experienced and talented as they are—are only human, and sometimes they can benefit from additional resources in very difficult situations. And from a bottom-line perspective, getting calls right increases the overall product value of the NBA.