The Pool Report interview was conducted by Anthony Chiang (Miami Herald) with Crew Chief Bill Kennedy following tonight’s New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat game.
QUESTION: “Why weren’t the Pelicans granted a timeout on the inbounds pass with 15.1 seconds left before the five-second violation was called? It seemed like Dyson Daniels was calling for a timeout just before that call was made.”
KENNEDY: “The request was made simultaneously with the completion of the five-second count. The throw-in lasted 5.2 seconds which is more than the 4.9 seconds allotted to release the throw-in. Therefor the violation was called correctly.”
QUESTION: “Why were the Pelicans given the timeout with 12.2 seconds left after winning the jump ball when it seemed like [Jonas] Valanciunas was still trying to gather possession.”
KENNEDY: “When Coach [Willie] Green calls timeout Valanciunas has possession of the ball and is still inbounds.”