Fans react to TNT’s free throw line shot clock graphic
Much to the delight of millions of basketball junkies across the world, the 2019-20 NBA season officially kicked off on Tuesday night.
Aside from a lot of players changing zip codes, fans watching at home were also treated to a new on-screen graphic by TNT which highlighted the 24-second shot clock.
The slick new feature made its debut in the highly anticipated “Battle of LA” between the Lakers and Clippers. The innovative graphic, which counted down each possession in a small circle at the top of the key, acted out as a second shot clock for viewers, aside from the traditional scoreboard graphic.
The ticking timer even changed its display color to red when the shot clock is about to expire, giving fans a better grasp of each possession.
NBA fans were quick to share their two cents on the new technology, with some lauding it for its “futuristic” design.
Is this shot clock on the court a new thing for the season or are they testing it out? I don’t mind it
— Chris Brickley (@Cbrickley603) October 23, 2019
@NBAonTNT Shot Clock addition is cool but please make it the teams primary color instead of white
— Voodoo Chile (@Nwarollinna63) October 23, 2019
This shot clock decal at the top of the key must be new for #NBA broadcasts. I can't decide if I like it…
— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) October 23, 2019
Shot clock on the free throw line 👍🏽 https://t.co/OzsCg3TMIe
— AJA (@Mani_Exchange) October 23, 2019
Other NBA fans, meanwhile, found it too distracting and totally unnecessary.
Shot clock on the free throw line had me thinking I was playing NBA Live 21
— Waleed 🆗 (@coonigga) October 23, 2019
This @NBAonTNT shot clock gimmick is distracting. There’s a shot clock in the bottom right, if I want to see it I’ll look there.
— Trust the Logo (@TrustTheLogo) October 23, 2019
Why is there a shot clock on the floor? Who asked for it? Anybody? Please respond if you did.
— Matthew Coca (@MatthewCocaCBS) October 23, 2019
What's going on with this weird shot clock on the floor? pic.twitter.com/uq1Wvkdsju
— Weston Blasi (@westonblasi) October 23, 2019
After garnering mixed reviews during its first day of inception, only time will tell if the new shot-clock graphic is here to stay.
TNT will likely gauge viewers’ opinions in the coming days and assess if they will push through with it throughout the season.