Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade told the Palm Beach Post that the NBA should stop publishing its “Last Two Minute” reports on officiating.
Currently, the NBA releases a report every day reviewing referees’ decisions during the final two minutes of close games from the previous night.
Wade was the subject of a controversial play during the Heat’s Game 5 loss to the Hornets, when he drove to the basket in the game’s final seconds and believed he was fouled by Cody Zeller. The league’s report on the game said Wade was not fouled.
“I think you go through the whole game and it’s transparent for the whole game,” Wade told the Post’s Jason Lieser. “You don’t just do two minutes of the game. There’s a lot that happens in the game that can affect the last two minutes. A player’s action or something that happened can affect those last two minutes as far as why something was or wasn’t done.
“I don’t think those last two minutes is a real indication of any transparency because it’s a 48-minute game. It could’ve been something I did early in the game that’s the reason I didn’t get that in the last minute. Who knows? I just don’t think two minutes is a real indication. That’s just my personal opinion.”
There has been some frustration about the reports across the league, particularly when the NBA admits a mistake but nothing can be done to change the outcome of the game.
“It does nothing for us or any other team,” Wade said. “Go through a whole game and break it down, and I think it would help the refs and this league continue to grow, but those Last Two Minute (reports) are not a good thing. It’s not a good light shining on the game. A lot of things are in-the-moment plays and calls, and it’s easy to go back and do Monday morning quarterback things. If we could all do that in life, we’d all be different people, but we can’t. I don’t think it’s a good thing.”