Dick Bavetta Rumors
SI.com: You’re going in alongside [longtime NBA referee] Dick Bavetta. How many technical fouls did he give you for finger-wagging? Mutombo: I keep complaining about it, every time I see him. I say, “Dick, I can’t believe you and I are going into the Hall of Fame together.” I’m happy for him, but at the same time, I tell him, “You made me pay so much money to the NBA. Is there any way you can get me my money back?” And he says no, no, no, never. But it’s been great. He was tough, man, one of the best referees, but he was not easy. He paid the same respect to all of the players.
So, when longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta started his induction speech at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, he made a bizarre request of the audience. Dividing the seats into three sections, Bavetta had each participate in a chant of “Oh no, bad call, get a job!”:
Also enshrined Friday were former NBA stars Spencer Haywood, Jo Jo White and Dikembe Mutombo, women’s basketball great Lisa Leslie and referee Dick Bavetta. Tom Heinsohn was inducted as a coach after already being enshrined as a player, joined by former coaches George Raveling and Australia’s Lindsay Gaze, plus ABA star Louis Dampier and early African-American player John Isaacs.