Lauren Holtkamp Rumors
Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn’t about her gender. His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union yesterday followed by strong backing from the female executive director of the NBA Players Association. “Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false,” Michele Roberts said in a statement, noting Paul’s role in making her the first woman to head a North American major sports union last summer.
Ben Bolch: Doc Rivers on what CP3 said: “Knowing Chris, I think that’s what he meant more. I don’t think he meant it was a gender issue at all. I didn’t think he meant it in the way I think it’s being said. I just think he was upset at the technical. I don’t think the technical was warranted either, to be honest, but that’s not a gender issue.”
Quietly, without any fanfare or so much as a press release on the league’s main or media website, the NBA introduced two more female referees to its 70-person referee crew for the 2012-13 season. Lauren Holtkamp worked Friday night’s Chicago Bulls triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brenda Pantoja was part of the crew that oversaw Atlanta’s win over Oklahoma City on Sunday. The two joined longtime vet Violet Palmer, and in a sign of just how times have changed since Palmer and former ref Dee Kantner joined the league in 1997, the NBA didn’t even bother to type up a showy, self-congratulating announcement when Holtkamp and Pantoja were hired, or made their debuts.
Howard Beck: Clarification via NBA: The two new female refs are not part of full-time staff. They are D-League officials on temporary assignment.
Two females are “top candidates” to become NBA referees in 2012-13, Joe Borgia, the vice president of referee operations, said Monday. Lauren Holtkamp and Brenda Pantoja are both WNBA officials who worked the semifinals of the National Basketball Development League playoffs. If chosen for a partial schedule or the entire season, they would join veteran Violet Palmer as the only active female ref in the NBA.