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HoopIdea: Let's improve the five-second call

See the five-second call at the end of the Lakers-Raptors game?

Right or wrong, it created a lot of controversy.

So how can we improve the game by making the five-second call work better?

Give us your answers and we'll publish some of the best responses on Tuesday at TrueHoop/HoopIdea.

HoopIdea at TrueHoop:
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Seems like a spot for that ref who isn't on the court to get in the action. Give the other refs ear pieces, and let him do the counting. Also, let him do all the reviewing!
What if they're allowed to use their final timeout (if they have one) after 5 seconds but have to inbound from full court?
According to FIBA rules "a time-out opportunity begins when: 1) for both teams, the ball becomes dead, the game clock is stopped and the official has ended his communication with the scorer's table; 2) for both teams, the ball becomes dead following a successful last or only free throw; 3) for the non-scoring team, a field goal is scored. A time-out opportunity ends when the ball is at the disposal of a player for a throw-in or for a first or only free throw."

If the NBA used the same criterion, a player inbounding the ball would not be allowed to call a time-out and situations like yesterady's would never happen.
Why not remove the guesswork and implement an inbounds clock adjacent to the shot clock? Ref arm-counting seems a little antiquated.
Like +Eli Scheinman said, this is a pretty clear situation where technology would fix that call, have an additional clock that runs for inbounds play. Put it above the shot clock. Hell, you could use the same clock to make sure players don't take 12 minutes between each FT attempt too.

As for the rule itself, it could just be changed to award the opponent a FT, but not the ball, enabling the incompetent in-bounders another chance without costing any actual game time.
I believe when a team starts to inbound the ball, the shot clock should temporarily count down from five seconds to zero. This allows the inbounder to be aware of the time they have left to pass the ball and it would put the shot clock, which can now count tenths, to good use. By having the time remaining visible, players would more likely pass the ball in time and fans would have an easier time following along with the play. The five-second clock could also be shown on the scoreboard and ribbon boards around the arena.
+Zachary Loesl It needs to be a separate clock from the shot clock. The issue with using the shot clock, is that the inbounder needs to be able to see both how much time is left on the shot clock, and how much time he has to inbounds. We don't want to get into situations where players whine that they weren't aware that there were only 2 seconds on the shot clock because the inbounds time was up.
It'd also be fun to see teams have 5 seconds + the shot clock to inbound. After the 5 seconds elapsed, the shot clock would begin to run. This would give teams as long as 29 (5+24) and as little as 6 (5+1) seconds to inbound AND attempt a shot. In short clock situations, the incentive to inbound within 5 seconds would still be very strong, while a full shot clock could facilitate a strategic 10 second inbound play.
+Eli Scheinman That's a cool idea, . You might be able to see some really cool inbound plays in that case. And how embarrassing would it be for an end of game situation, where the shot clock expires without them managing to inbound the ball.
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