Thursday , Mar , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Looking to Expand Instant Replay Use

The NBA will consider an expansion of instant replay that could take effect as early as next season, has learned. The new application appears to have the blessing of coaches as well as the league office, which will present the concept to its competition committee in June.

Wary of creating regulations that could interrupt the flow of play, the league is examining a limited use of replay that would enable officials to instantly convert a three-point shot into a two-pointer, or vice versa.

"The one area that we’re exploring is the three-vs.-two shot call near the end of a game,” said Stu Jackson, the executive VP of basketball operations for the NBA.

The league currently permits video replay to be used after a game-ending play to help determine whether a shooter’s foot was behind the three-point line. []