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NBA refs should wear Google Glass during games says Houston Rockets GM Morey

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NBA refs should wear Google Glass during games says Houston Rockets GM Morey
On Friday, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey took part in a Reddit AMA and the subject of Google Glass came up. The question was asked about the NBA allowing its refs to wear Google Glass during a game and letting a television audience view what the refs are seeing. Before we get to Morey's response, we should let you know that he is not your typical GM. Some are former players, not known for thinking about weightier matters beyond the NBA salary cap. Morey, on the other hand, graduated from MIT (which does not have a basketball team called the Floating Decimal Points) as a computer science major.

While other NBA executives might have responded by asking who Google Glass is and what posistion he plays, Morey knew exactly what the connected specs were and replied that it was a great idea. He suggested that someone ask NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, who will become the NBA Commissioner in February when David Stern retires.

Considering the way the NBA protects its refs, you shouldn't expect this idea to ever make it past the "That's a great idea" stage. Can you imagine the second guessing that would go on if fans could see what the refs see for an entire game?

Houston Rockets GM Morey likes the idea of refs wearing Google Glass

Houston Rockets GM Morey likes the idea of refs wearing Google Glass


source: Reddit via AllThingsD

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posted on 17 Aug 2013, 20:45 2

1. quakan (Posts: 1157; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Unless Glass could point out the right calls to make for the ref then I see no point honestly. A first person pov of what the ref sees isn't necessary.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 20:54 4

2. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


c'mon, you gotta admit that would get some heavy usage. im think live feeds?
but i would get more excited about the NFL using something like this, and not locked down to refs

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 00:05 4

7. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


dont know about NFL but for NBA i think what we need most is a mind reader, to understand what is Joe Crawford and other refs like him are thinking when they give out free fouls.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 00:42

8. maherk (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Exactly what I was thinking!! Lol

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:24

18. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Jaw Crawford you mean Miami Heat 6th man or 7th?

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 20:55 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7724; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Good, so people can call bs if a ref makes a bogus call.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 21:26 4

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 851; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Their jobs aren't exactly easy, and the speed of the game and the tempo of modern offenses exacerbates that problem. Do you really think it would be any easier for these guys if they knew fans were piggybacking on their view? For that matter, how useful or coherent would that feed be for the fans? It's a tightrope, being a ref, because fans and broadcasters want them to make the right call, 100% of the time, either solo or with replay, but they had better not drag the game out too long or break up the action or pace because the crowd needs bread and circuses.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 23:40 5

5. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


well that is what they're getting paid for... seriously?

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 00:57 1

9. Ohrules (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


actually, umpires in a cricket match had cameras integrated into their caps and their view was broadcast live as well.

here is a sample:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8IL_Unl-QM

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 01:20 1

10. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 851; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Cricket is a little easier to broadcast from a ref's view than American football. 22 guys smashing into each other and running at breakneck speeds is a little tougher to capture clearly than a cricket match.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 13:51 2

13. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


The refs in NFL make over 150k for 16 games so i have zero sympathy for their mistakes. And obviously the video capture would have to be up to par before implemeting it

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 23:51 2

6. blingblingthing (Posts: 424; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


As someone that watches the games, I've said the same multiple times. Same play viewed and different angles will be called differently. Then factor in you should be aware of the shot clock and seeing if a player in inbound or not. Beyond the arc or not. Is the defender in the illegal Zion's or not is complicated.
Fan often have the benefit of replay but seeing the same play real time is way different.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 07:21

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3325; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I still don't see the point here.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 14:34 6

15. av911 (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Of course not, 'cause Apple's not involved here.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 17:20

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6249; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


exactly av911 he's just blind

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 15:33 2

16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


It's very clear. Refs could wear Google Glasses so that they could capture and replay the things they see on the court from their own P.O.V.

Looks like someone is enjoying the absents of the thumbs down button.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 13:47

12. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


WOWW that is actually a great idea! i would love to see a refs point of view when he decides on making a call and not just in NBA but any other sport, espeically NFL.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 14:03

14. phoenix225 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Its a good Idea. Then we can be in the refs shoes. They make a bad call, we can see what they just saw. It should be used in MLB!!

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 15:07

19. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


i think they should wear this to see LEBRONS flopping replays... lol

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