Friday’s Rising Stars game started out with plenty of fastbreak dunks and some crazy three-point attempts as the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend is officially underway.
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Pacers big man Myles Turner joined TNT’s Brian Anderson to call the game.
During the first quarter, Mitchell shared his thoughts on if he likes the new addition of the Coaches Challenge.
In explaining why he isn’t completely on board with the new addition to the game, he made sure to add that there was plenty of talk about during their controversial game against the Trail Blazers, which was exactly one week ago today.
Oh yes, Blazer fans remember.
With under 14 seconds to go and a chance to tie the game, Damian Lillard went hard to the rim.
It was clearly a goaltend on Rudy Gobert, but there was no call.
Lillard was furious, asking for a replay, but with no call on the court, no review could take place.
THIS IS GOALTENDING!!!! pic.twitter.com/w3qxAvMbmt— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020
And thus, Mitchell explained just that during the TNT Rising Stars broadcast.
I’m 50-50 on it. I’m not going to lie to you. I think the biggest thing with the Challenge is, I think the rule -- there’s more you can add to the rule. We had a game against Portland that got a lot of attention just because the whistle may not have been [blown]... I think you should still be able to challenge that. I think that’s something that the league may need to take a look at. -- Donovan Mitchell on Coaches Challenges
“It’s a tough job for the refs,” Mitchell added.
Of course, nothing can help change the results of that Blazers-Jazz game from last Friday; but hey, Rip City – now you know at least Mitchell is advocating for a change on national television.