Bill Kennedy Rumors
Bill Kennedy was part of the referee crew that worked the Detroit-Philadelphia game, which as of right now is the last NBA game played this 2019-20 season. League commissioner Adam Silver suspended play that same night March 11 after Utah Jazz all-star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. “At that time, we went back to the hotel at the airport Marriott and we saw the press release that Adam released,” said Kennedy, a Phoenix native and 22-year NBA referee veteran. “We got an email from (NBA head of referee development and training) Monty McCutchen to get home as quickly as we could.”
Kennedy is hopeful the NBA resumes play as there have been reports the league could go as late as Labor Day weekend to crown a champion. “I am as optimistic as the guys who are in power that I know that they’re doing everything they can possibly do,” Kennedy said. “And if there is a way to do it, I think we’ll do it. Now whether or not that happens, the virus is the only thing that’s going to control that.”
Kennedy said he didn’t have to get tested for COVID-19 as he didn’t show any symptoms of the virus. “In its infancy, we didn’t have any information that would lead us to get tested due to the fact we weren’t showing any symptoms,” he said. “Throughout the 14 days, I did not show any symptoms. No fever. No coughing or anything like that. So it turned out to be a good thing.”
NBA referee Bill Kennedy combined his love for Carrabba’s and wanting to make a difference to show support for those in his hometown of Phoenix on the frontlines during this coronavirus pandemic. Kennedy partnered with the Italian restaurant and NBA to donate 100 meals catered by Carrabba’s in Peoria to night shift employees Thursday night at Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale.
Working with fellow NBA official Scott Twardoski and other NBA officials, Kennedy also donated 100 cloth face coverings to go with the meals. “It was fantastic,” Banner registered nurse Jody Coolman said. “Everyone was so excited. Billy is so kind. We can’t thank him enough.”
The NBA said an investigation “is underway” into Rockets’ owner Leslie Alexander’s getting up from his courtside seat to have a few words with official Bill Kennedy in the first half. Alexander appeared to say something to Kennedy during a Thunder possession before returning to his seat.
Alexander declined to give any detail beyond he was “upset … really upset.” Rockets guard James Harden said he didn’t see his owner get up. “He did that?” a surprised Harden said after the game. “He’s the coolest guy. I would have helped him.”