Kenny Mauer: 32 NBA Seasons and Counting

From his recognizable signals to his well-known hairstyle, Kenny Mauer has been one of the most notable figures in NBA officiating for 32 seasons. Having officiated approximately 2,000 games, including 196 play-offs and 18 finals, the numbers speak for themselves. From signals to sports nutrition, from discussing previous legends to...

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Richard Stokes: The “Head Coach” of EuroLeague Referees

Are you curious about the work that Europe’s top referees and referee coaches put in night in and night out to deliver a fair and professional performance to Europe’s number 1 basketball league? You need to wait no more. We shed the light on EuroLeague’s top-class education system and along the way, we...

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Damir Javor: Modern Officiating Personified

This season, Slovenian Top Referee Damir Javor had the best season of his life in terms of nominations: in May, he officiated the memorable Euroleague Final Game between CSKA and Fenerbahçe that went into overtime. In August, he traveled to Rio for the Olympics, and lately, he worked an NBA...

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Joe Crawford: The Legacy and More

3 FUNNY MOMENTS – MYTHS AND TRUTHS Apart from the Duncan-issue (see down below), there are some funny and even misunderstood plays hanging around the internet featuring Joe Crawford. We tried to shed light on three of these, asking right from The Right Man what happened.

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4 Things You Should Know About Darell Garretson

This month, late NBA official Darell Garretson joined the NBA Hall of Fame. Few would argue that after officiating more than 2,000 NBA games, including 269 play-off and 41 finals match-ups from 1967 to 1994, there is anything left to say to justify his election into the Hall of Fame. Besides officiating...

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Advanced Tips from Joe Crawford – Difficult Situations

PRE-GAME PREPARATION AND CONTROL MANAGING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS Basketball is a game filled with emotions. It happens just too often that some participants go beyond the line and show signs of frustration. The referees are indeed part of the game and should act as an intermediary. However, there are times when...

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Joe Crawford: Advanced Tips on Improvement

ON AND OFF-COURT IMPROVEMENT FOR REFEREES OF ALL LEVELS In a short interview published by the NBA, Joe said that the premise of officiating at any level is to get the plays right. In this part of our series, we explore how to actually get those plays right and how...

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A Tribute to the Longest-Tenured NBA Official

Inspirational stories about Dick Bavetta – 40 years in the league Being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is arguably one of the greatest achievements anyone can accomplish after long-time involvement in the game we love. Ordinarily, this honor is reserved for players and coaches, but Dick Bavetta’s officiating...

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