Stephen Curry wants to introduce NFL-style challenge flags to the NBA

August 20, 2014

“NBA 2K15 Uncensored” featured NBA stars Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant. (Brad Barket/Getty Images for 2K)

Stephen Curry wants to bring more fairness to the basketball court by adding a few extra pieces of flair to the sidelines. The Golden State Warriors guard suggested coaches should have red flags to throw, just like they do in the NFL, when they want to challenge a call.

“Obviously refs are human and they miss calls,” he Curry said at a roundtable discussion called “NBA 2K15 Unsensored” on Tuesday. “To be able to make sure they got the right one — maybe give the coach a little flag like they do in football and he gets two or three challenges a game to make sure they get the right call, especially in pivotal situations.”

His “NBA 2K15″ co-stars/real-life opponent Kevin Durant doesn’t agree with him, though, mostly because he thinks it would unnecessarily complicate the game.

“I wouldn’t like to see anything changed because I like how the game is played,” the Oklahoma City Thunder star said. “I think it’s perfect how it is. … If you give coach the right to challenge calls … it would take some purity out of the game, I think.”

James Harden’s views on coach flags fall somewhere in between Curry’s and Durant’s.

“I think maybe two or three challenges a game, depending on if you get the first two correct, then you get the third,” the Houston Rockets player suggested. “That would probably change the game…especially late in the game.”

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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