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Old Wed Mar 27, 2002, 01:46pm
BBarnaky BBarnaky is offline
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Back then the opportunities to get hired quicker existed due to probably the lack of quality of officials and the NBA/ABA merging and expansion overall of the league throughout the early years. There was an influx of hiring back then. Mr. Crawford (wont' call him Joe or Joey cause I don't know him) has become one of the best by polishing and sharpening his skills while he was young and had been hired into the NBA.
Now the process is much different. One goes through the program and gets to hone and sharpen their skills at the minor league level before they get hired into the league. Plus, there are many quality officials and great competition now to get those positions. Essentially, things have changed as far as hiring goes. Much more training and education are given to those in the program before one is considered to be hired into the NBA.

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