HoopsHype Dick Bavetta rumors
Ronald Tillery: NBA ref Dick Bavetta's league career is as old as Griz coach Dave Joerger: 39 years http://t.co/aWrUddNVBK Twitter @CAGrizBeat
Long-time ref Kevin Fehr has been bounced for poor job performance, but has already signed on with the NCAA. Ageless wonder Dick Bavetta, benched for the first time in the playoffs last spring, has returned for another season. He turns 74 in December. New York Daily News
Because the NBA oddly avoids acknowledging anything affirmative regarding its referees, but takes the time at times to spotlight slip-ups, allow me to applaud Dick Bavetta for the following inconceivable achievement: Last night in Orlando, the 72-year-old (his birthday’s Dec. 10) whistleblower worked his 2,500th consecutive regular-season game. Ruminate on that statistic for a second. And now consider this unimaginable appendage: Bavetta hasn’t missed an assignment, excluding 300 in the playoffs (28 straight years) and another 300 exhibitions, since he joined the league in 1975 — and hasn’t once gone postal. We’re talking no sick days to mar his immaculate attendance record. No personal problems requiring a visit to the chaplain. No absence because of snowy flights or death-defying car rides. No “Bob Barker’s spayed and neutered dogs ate my homework.” Thirty-seven years, 27 Finals appearances. New York Post
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. New York Times
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