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November 2, 2014 Updates

Pierce needlessly argued with officials near the end of the first half, and got himself ejected from the game, seemingly on purpose. Washington went on to win 108-97, but can’t be at all pleased with the way Pierce conducted himself in this one. NBCSports.com

Pierce, attempting to halt a fast break, was called for a clear-path foul on Knight. The ruling was upheld after review, but Pierce still disagreed and voiced his displeasure. He was immediately given a technical foul, but continued to protest and was given a second technical, triggering an automatic ejection. Pierce finished his Wizards home debut with two points, missing all three of his shots to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Washington Post

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Drummond also expressed appreciation Thursday for the FIBA international regulations of play. Often a victim of NBA offensive goaltending rules, the Pistons center cited a more lax policy with FIBA — allowing offensive players to touch the ball inside the cylinder of the rim. “The FIBA game is great for me; I can really use that rule to our benefit,” he said. But the switch from NBA to FIBA has also required some adjustments. Besides learning to play with new teammates, Drummond said the reduced physicality of international league play is a challenge NBA players have to adapt to. “The refs just watch out more for certain things to make sure players don’t get hurt,” he said. Detroit Free Press

August 25, 2014 Updates

After 39 years as an NBA referee, Bavetta announced this week he’ll be retiring at age 74. Jazz fans will need to find someone else to upbraid. But they’ll never forget him. He’s the referee that waved off Jazz guard Howard Eisley’s 3-point basket in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Chicago, ruling it was after the shot clock had expired. He later allowed Bulls’ guard Ron Harper’s 2-point basket to count, though that time the shot clock had expired in the fourth quarter of a tie game. Bavetta was also on the court when Michael Jordan bumped Bryon Russell before scoring the game-winning basket. Conspiracy wonks have been analyzing it ever since. So naturally you would think Jerry Sloan would be doing cartwheels. His officiating nemesis is history. “I thought he was a good ref,” the former Jazz coach said this week. “Anybody who can stay with something that long has to be good at what they do; those guys are hard to come by. He stood the test of time; it’s not an easy job.” Deseret News

The catcalls were never personal to Bavetta, though Jazz fans wanted them to be. Sloan said he didn’t think Bavetta’s calls/no-calls in 1998 were driven by an agenda and he doesn’t dwell on it. “I think you’ve got to put it behind you and go about your business. To be so concerned about something like that — you have no control over it whatsoever — so you just have to hope your team gets the benefit of the doubt,” Sloan said. Deseret News

The rigors of travel especially this past winter, holidays spent separated from family, nights away from his wife Paulette and their 460-acre ranch in Ocala, Florida, it all took a toll on the 74-year-old Bavetta. "I'm healthy," Bavetta said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I feel at peace with making the decision. I've been very blessed and fortunate to be part of the NBA family for 39 years. They've provided a great livelihood for me and my family. And moving forward, it will always be part of my DNA. For so long, 'I'm Dick Bavetta, an NBA referee' has just come out. Now it's time for 'I'm Dick Bavetta, former NBA referee.'" USA Today Sports

What he will likely miss most is being one of the NBA's de facto ambassadors. Bavetta prided himself on being personable; after all, he was easily recognizable by NBA fans. So when they would stop him to chat, Bavetta never minded posing for a quick photo or telling a brief story. "I was never the star of the show," Bavetta said. "The stars were the players. But you never know what lives you'll be able to touch." USA Today Sports

August 23, 2014 Updates

As he and his wife, Paulette, now drive through the desolate back roads of Central Florida, he couldn't be more removed from his work as a calming legislator of tall men prone to emotional outbursts. He will spend time embracing the quiet at Old Melody, listening to his collection of classic "Doo-Wop" hits on one of his three jukeboxes. Bavetta retired recently at 74, ending one of the most enduring, fascinating and fruitful careers in the NBA. Orlando Sentinel

August 21, 2014 Updates

The referees that will officiate the games at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup have been announced. The 38 officials come from 28 countries across FIBA's five continental zones. They rank in age from 27 to 50 (average age of 38.7) and have between three and 20 years of experience as FIBA referees (average of 11.6 years). Click here to view the full list of referees. FIBA.com

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Indiana Pacers guard/professional antagonist Lance Stephenson maybe might have been going for the ball on this swipe to Miami Heat guard Norris Cole’s face during the Eastern Conference finals’ sixth game. Maybe. Probably not, but hey, ESPN’s Mike Breen thought it might not have been intentional. The referees disagreed and turned a personal foul into a Flagrant 1, which means he gets ejected if he picks up a second one. For The Win

“I’m going to f— you up,” Haslem clearly said, followed by either “That’s real” or “I swear,” depending on your current level of lip-reading skills. Haslem didn’t play at all in the first half, but he may get some run in garbage time if the game remains this out of hand. It’s unlikely he does anything that would earn him a suspension that would carry over into the Finals, but the threat is real, and Stephenson likely knows it. NBCSports.com

May 21, 2014 Updates

Cuban called in to my radio show (Line 2) and said he, too, wanted to clear up the context of any possible conversation he had with Flagg, "I don't recall calling the guy. But when the whole (Tim) Donaghy thing was going on I talked to a lot of people so I don't think it's inconceivable that I could have talked to him." The Mavericks owner said of the 2006 NBA Finals (Dallas-Miami) officiating, "There's a reason why I got fined. It was horrible. It was beyond horrible." Oregonian

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