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JordansBulls
09-15-2010, 03:21 PM
Link (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/sports/basketball/15referee.html?_r=2&ref=basketball)



Four veteran referees with a combined 72 seasons of N.B.A. experience have retired or moved on: Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin and Phil Robinson. The vacancies will be filled by five Development League referees, one of whom will stand out for his size if nothing else.

Kevin Cutler, who is 6 feet 8 inches, will be one of the two tallest officials in N.B.A. history. (Michael Henderson, who was also 6-8, worked for the league from 2001 to 2005.)

Cutler, 42, became a curiosity in N.B.A. arenas last season when he refereed a half dozen games as part of an initiative aimed at preparing top prospects. Four others who participated in that program — Brent Barnaky, Nick Buchert, Josh Tiven and James Williams — have also been promoted.

The 60-person staff for 2010-11 will be younger and less experienced, continuing a recent trend. The league has lost several seasoned referees over the last half decade, mostly to injury or retirement.

Steve Javie, one of the league’s best referees, nearly joined that group but will return for a 25th season. Javie, 55, considered retiring after a painful knee condition forced him to miss most of last season. He has decided to return, however. Javie has worked 210 playoff games, including 21 finals games.

Dick Bavetta, who turns 71 in December, is returning for his 36th season despite persistent rumblings that the league is pushing him to retire.

Bavetta has officiated an N.B.A.-record 2,434 games and has never missed an assignment. But he has slipped in the referee rankings over the past few years.

DeRosa, 53, spent 21 seasons in the N.B.A., officiating 114 playoff games and 11 finals games. He worked two games in the 2010 finals, indicating that he still rated as one of the league’s top officials.

Forte, 66, worked in the league for 22 seasons — including 134 playoff games — but his final season was cut short because of an injury. He is the only official to have worked an N.B.A. finals game, an Olympic gold medal game, an N.C.A.A. championship and a high-school state championship. His son, Brian, is also an N.B.A. referee.

Corbin, 44, spent 17 seasons in the N.B.A. and worked 51 playoff games. Robinson, 49, worked 12 seasons in the league but never became a playoff referee.

Antipod
09-15-2010, 03:48 PM
Four veteran referees with a combined 72 seasons of N.B.A. experience have retired or moved on: Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin and Phil Robinson. The vacancies will be filled by five Development League referees, one of whom will stand out for his size if nothing else.


this can`t be good :(

Gators123
09-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Dick Bavetta will be a Ref until hes 103 years old.

nuggetsyankees
09-15-2010, 04:05 PM
Get rid of joey crawford!!!

bctgg27
09-15-2010, 04:31 PM
I was hoping Bavetta and Crawford were two of them.

Lakerfan8032
09-15-2010, 04:31 PM
Bavetta is a joke and has been for several years. The NBA needs to make him retire or just let him go. He's just awful.

bahama0811
09-15-2010, 07:12 PM
I'm happy Forte is on that list but Crawford should definitely be gone.

xabial
09-15-2010, 07:41 PM
why what does crawford do

ugafan
09-15-2010, 08:59 PM
why what does crawford do

suck.

td0tsfinest
09-15-2010, 09:15 PM
why what does crawford do

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaZIAXJJDKQ

I'm sad to see some of these guys go. I'm a fan of Joe Derosa and Sean Corbin.

Anways, this Kevin Cutler dude is one big man.

knicksfan42
09-15-2010, 11:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaZIAXJJDKQ



Also kicking TD out of a game for laughing on the bench. He got suspended for that one. HI believe he was also suspended for a couple of years, because he cheated on his taxes (so he's a criminal too).

D-Will4Prez
09-15-2010, 11:23 PM
kinda sad to see corbin and derosa go.

sucks crawford and bavetta will be back :cry:

llemon
09-15-2010, 11:29 PM
Could be a very good thing.

BUT NOT JOEY CRAWFORD??????????

Stern must feel he has Joey in his pocket.

Sly Guy
09-15-2010, 11:48 PM
suck.

beat me to it. Anyone wanna repost the timmy duncan vid?

*edit*
oh wait, it already has been. haha.

hugepatsfan
09-15-2010, 11:51 PM
why what does crawford do

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wugrOmbsV3U - He pushes Damon Jones out of bounds but calls a fould on Billups so he doesn't have to admit to the arena that he ****ed up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMbeofvM1L0&feature=related According to Crawford, ticky tack foul = ejection for K-Mart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZhILJUn2Y&feature=related Joey Craford wanted some attention, but Rondo was speaking w/ another ref. Crawford fealt he had to be involved.

The list could go on and on and on and on...