National Basketball Association refs will interact with fans during two telecasts next week

NBA Referee

NBA Referee

Get ready, NBA Twitter. There will be a chance to interact live with referees during two marquee matchups in the coming week. However, Brian Windhorst of ESPN brings word that there will be more attention paid to the account in the near future, as real, live National Basketball Association refs "will answer questions about calls in real time over Twitter" for some games down the stretch of the season. The online referees will then be able to answer questions from confused fans wondering what caused the whistle to be blown or why certain circumstances were ruled in the way they were.

The first games to be part of the program this season will be the Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers game on TNT next Monday and the Spurs-76ers game in Philadelphia next Wednesday on ESPN. The referees who are tweeting will have full access to the league's replay center, giving them the ability to see all angles of a play or controversial call in order to answer fan questions.

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The NBA already did this during a finals game last season and plan to do it a few more times next month.

The NBA and referee union will continue this partnership through the postseason.

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