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Drones should drop the jump ball from now on

Interesting idea from JakobOeno on r/NBA:

I was just thinking to myself that refs are humans, indubitably so, and make mistakes, like a lot. Not that they deliberately manipulate with jump balls (either the start of the game or settling disputed possessions), but who knows? 'Oh look, it's a jump ball between IT and D Jordan, I kinda feel sorry for the little fella I'm looking down on the guy with pity as I float the ball up, oh wow what do you know, IT just won the jump ball' no thanks to the man stanced with such a bias. Not likely, I know, but it's the NBA and anything can happen.

Now imagine drones dropping the ball, precisely and straight down, from the air. Technologically viable, of course, in today's tech world. Not only would that be a cool sight to see but also profitable for the league and/or teams as drones would be used to advertise sponsor brands. So many other possibilities granted that the controller of those drones is an objective, unbiased person. Or just programmed with set algorithms. It's about time AI entered the league in some way, we start with this and slowly take over the entire reffing process.

That and drones are just cool. Not Aaron-Gordon-flunking-the-dunk-contest-two-years-ago-by using-a-drone-to-drop-the-ball-off-in-a-spectacularly-boring-way level of cool, but cool nonetheless. For instance, there will be St. Patrick's Day or Halloween themed drones hovering around the court, and showering midgets dressed in green or just simple candy over the crowd.

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Disclaimer: I don't work for any drone manufacturing company nor I work for a company that advertises drone sales. I don't work for candy companies or trafficking of small Irish people.

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