Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm  |  11 responses

Steve Javie Hanging Up His Whistle?

David Alrdrige caught up with one of the L’s most famous (and to some, infamous) refs, who says he may never work an NBA game again:  “Ever since early December, Javie has not worked a game. And he may never work an NBA game again. Javie’s right knee is just about out of cartilage. Three days a week, he’s rehabbing near his Philadelphia-area home, trying to coax a couple more years of running up and down the court out of it. But it’s not getting any better. And if there isn’t any improvement by the summer, the 24-year veteran who’s done 18 Finals games and 190 playoff games will call it a career. ‘It’s tough,’ Javie said by telephone Friday; the league, which normally does not allow its referees to do interviews, made an exception, letting Javie talk about the last four-plus months he’s spent on the sidelines. ‘The regular season’s one thing, obviously,” Javie said. “With the rigors of the travel, by April, you’re kind of, ‘oh, my God.’ But the playoffs are always that rejuvenation. It is tough. I watched a game like (Thursday) night in Boston, and you see the fans going crazy, and you just wish you were there. You’re so used to that. And when Garnett throws that elbow up at Quentin Richardson (in Game 1 of the Celtics-Heat first-round series), you want to be in the mix.’ … An MRI determined that, like many players who’ve spent years running on hardwood, Javie’s knee was almost bone on bone, in arthritic condition. He saw specialists in Philadelphia and New York. He looked into cartilage replacement from cadavers, but that would mean eight to 10 months of rehab, and Javie is only going to do this for another year or two even if he gets back on the court next year. ‘There really isn’t much they can do,” he said. ‘There’s nothing you can do arthroscopically, of course, because there’s nothing to scope. And a couple of people suggested replacements of some sort. But once you have a replacement, whether it be partial or even a full one, they don’t recommend running on it to the rigors of our job. So if I ever got a replacement it would be like the end of the road for me.’”

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn that sucks. He’s the only other ref besides Danny Crawford and Dick Bavetta I know by name. I admit, like most fans, I never really stopped to think how all that running would affect the refs.

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    NBA TV Analyst?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    So when are Dick Bavetta, Dan Crawford, Joey Crawford, and Bennett Salvatore going to quit? That’s what I want to know.

  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    Enigmatic — The refs you know by name are usually the worst.

    The 14 year vets that you’d never recognize are the ones doing their job.

  • Tommy Patron

    Suck it up.

  • MikeC.

    @NDP – it all depends on your perspective. I’m a Knicks fan, so to me, Dick Bavetta is the best ref in the history the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    This is the guy who never gave AI calls. Evil b@stard.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Steve Javie didn’t like anybody. He has the quickest T in the NBA.

  • MikeC.

    @Big Mel – I’d put Joey Crawford up there for quickest draw on the Tech gun. He even T’d up the Tim Duncan robot from the bench, T’d him again, then challenged him to a fist fight. I’d say that Steve Javie might like somebody, somewhere, but Joey C. hates everything and everyone that has a spark of life. Joey C. even hates basketball-playing robots, and basketball-playing robots are awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    LOL @ MikeC 4:59
    Nice one.

  • Justin

    He definitely had the quickest T in the league and he was one of the best. Jake O’Donnell still holds that distinction though. Players knew not to mess with Jake and they all respected him. Well, maybe not Buck Williams after the ’92 Finals.