Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 3:15 pm  |  18 responses

Referee Steve Javie is Retiring from the NBA

The news isn’t exactly shocking. Steve Javie, one of the NBA’s most famous (and infamous) refs ever, is walking away from the job due to a bad knee. ESPN reports: “Javie, rated as one of the league’s top officials during the past 15 years, is retiring because of an arthritic right knee. The injury forced him to miss the end of the 2009-2010 season, but he returned last fall with the hope of making it to the 25-year mark as an NBA referee. He accomplished that, but filed his retirement papers when the pain in his right knee and his doctors convinced him a 26th year was not realistic … Javie worked both Games 1 and 6 of the 2011 Finals, making him one of six referees to officiate two games. It is an honor reserved for the league’s highest-rated referees and reflects that Javie is going out on top. ‘I would like to stay at it and end it on my own terms, but in a way I feel as if I’m doing that in that I got to work that 25th year,’ he said. ‘Adrenaline is an amazing drug. The two weeks after the season, the knee was so painful I couldn’t believe it. My doctor said it was because the adrenaline from the season had finally worn off. Every time I start to think maybe I still could do it, my knee has let me know, one way or another, that I can’t.’ Javie’s father, Stan, was an NFL field judge and back judge for 29 years and counseled his son that it was better to leave while your work is still respected ‘than to be one of those guys that hangs on and everybody says it’s a shame he’s still working, and we have some of those,’ Javie said.”

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  • tomtom

    Shame, one of the better refs in the L. He let players play as much as he could, unlike some who think the fans came to see people blow whistles and make dramatized hand motions.

  • tomtom

    “and we have some of those” MEEEEOWW!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So…..does this mean that Dick Bevetta and Joey Crawford are next?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Bavetta’s officiating career will outlive all of us…

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Enigmatic. I hear the real died in 1979 and he’s on ice at Disney World. The NBA’s working with 9th clone right now.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Nah, the one that died in ’79 was a clone too.
    He really died when he was beaten to death by Earl Strom in the official’s locker room for overruling his call a few years before that!

  • MikeC.

    They’ve been working on clones since Vader struck down Bavetta in Return of the Jedi.

  • Waskito

    Bavetta is a highlander

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I heard that Bavetta is actually an android. Developed with alien technology found at Area 51 that utilises ageing metallic skin tissue and stores power collected from UV light stores through an energy cell located at the top of his head, hence the bald face.

  • Vince5

    Too bad to see him go, good luck with the recovery.

  • whoa

    awww… :(


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  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Bavetta actually is a being which transcends time. He exists simultaneously within infinitely many realities at different periods of history. What we see as time comes from our inability to process everything about this universe at one time, thus, we see Bavetta as being on the court. In actuality, he is simultaneously yet paradoxically, always there and never there. He cannot ever truly leave in the perception of human beings.

  • sc

    Bavetta is like Benjamin Button—he’s actually getting younger. My locker room sources tell me he just started to hit puberty last year.

  • Knowsitall

    This is the only guy in the league that effectively shut down Jordan in his prime!

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  • Magic Fan

    Knowsitall – best comment