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Old Thu Jul 31, 2014, 10:44am
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Dick Bavetta retiring

Report: Veteran official Dick Bavetta retiring

Bonus story -- Violet Palmer gets married: NBA ref to marry longtime partner
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Old Thu Jul 31, 2014, 11:38am
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Happy for both of them!
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Old Thu Jul 31, 2014, 08:27pm
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About ten years too late for Bavetta. His race with Barkley was an embarrassment to the professionalism of basketball referees.

Curious that the only females (that I know of) currently in the NBA officiating program are lesbians. Contrary to her comment in the cited article, I doubt that Palmer would have been hired in 97 had her sexuality been public knowledge.
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Old Thu Jul 31, 2014, 09:50pm
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About ten years too late for Bavetta. His race with Barkley was an embarrassment to the professionalism of basketball referees.
Given that the NBA is all about entertainment I don't see the problem with this. In fact many High School and College referees I have talked have mocked NBA "refereeing" as not real refereeing.

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Curious that the only females (that I know of) currently in the NBA officiating program are lesbians. Contrary to her comment in the cited article, I doubt that Palmer would have been hired in 97 had her sexuality been public knowledge.
I guess I'll have to discontinue my crush on Lauren Holtkamp
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Given that the NBA is all about entertainment I don't see the problem with this. In fact many High School and College referees I have talked have mocked NBA "refereeing" as not real refereeing.
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The NBA officials I've met personally in training environments are light-years ahead of college and/or HS officials. Those who are doing the mocking have no idea the scrutiny and training NBA officials go through.
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Given that the NBA is all about entertainment I don't see the problem with this. In fact many High School and College referees I have talked have mocked NBA "refereeing" as not real refereeing.
Those people are idiots.
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The NBA officials I've met personally in training environments are light-years ahead of college and/or HS officials. Those who are doing the mocking have no idea the scrutiny and training NBA officials go through.
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Those people are idiots.
That sums up things fairly well. Let the people doing the mocking try to work an NBA game or a game with players that size and see how it turns out for them.
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That sums up things fairly well. Let the people doing the mocking try to work an NBA game or a game with players that size and speed and see how it turns out for them.
Am I right or Amarillo?
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That sums up things fairly well. Let the people doing the mocking try to work an NBA game or a game with players that size and see how it turns out for them.
Absolutely. Any basketball official that would mock an NBA official is exhibiting how ignorant they really are.
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Given that the NBA is all about entertainment I don't see the problem with this. In fact many High School and College referees I have talked have mocked NBA "refereeing" as not real refereeing.
In no uncertain words can I say how idiotic that line of thinking is, and I just shake my head when I hear officials say that.

The best camp I've ever been to was headed by NBA guys, and I probably learned more about basketball officiating there than all other camps combined.
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I am late in joining the discussion about the quality of NBA officials and I have to agree with Tony and APG. I know one retired NBA official and have attended seminars given by Joey Crawford. Yes, we mere mortals joke about NBA officials being paid to NOT blow their whistles, BUT, NBA officials are at the top of the mountain in our basketball officiating profession.

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Those people are idiots.
I'm not a fan of the league, but it has nothing to do with the officiating.
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I guess I'll have to discontinue my crush on Lauren Holtkamp
Her and many basketball players. Heck I have a hard time trying to figure out who is straight that play basketball or officiate it. Oh well, it is there life and does not affect me, so what they do and who they sleep with is none of my business. Just not surprised at all by Violet's news.

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