Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am  |  5 responses

Dick Bavetta Refereed His 2,500th Consecutive Game Last Night

Dick Bavetta, the NBA’s most famous (and consistently available) referee reached an amazing milestone in Orlando last night, as Peter Vecsey of the NY Post explains: “Because the NBA oddly avoids acknowledging anything affirmative regarding its referees, but takes the time at times to spotlight slip-ups, allow me to applaud Dick Bavetta for the following inconceivable achievement: Last night in Orlando, the 72-year-old (his birthday’s Dec. 10) whistleblower worked his 2,500th consecutive regular-season game. Ruminate on that statistic for a second. And now consider this unimaginable appendage: Bavetta hasn’t missed an assignment, excluding 300 in the playoffs (28 straight years) and another 300 exhibitions, since he joined the league in 1975 — and hasn’t once gone postal. We’re talking no sick days to mar his immaculate attendance record. No personal problems requiring a visit to the chaplain. No absence because of snowy flights or death-defying car rides. No ‘Bob Barker’s spayed and neutered dogs ate my homework.’ Thirty-seven years, 27 Finals appearances. Yet, the association offers zero public praise of the man’s work ethic. It’s a win-win situation for commissioner David Stern; glorifying one means glorifying all.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i…am…ironman (ozzy voice)

  • Heals

    Awesome, now let’s start getting the goodbye party together, who’s bringing what? Dick it’s been a great run, but it’s getting to be embarassing as a fan and for the league. He’s simply not capable of performing at the level he used to. If he retired tomorrow it’d be 2 years too late. Watching him race Barkley was a low point ( and a high one too though) for displaying NBA refs. This isn’t about bias or that BS, he’s just bad. Look at the refs on 24/7 or NFL refs, this is crazy that no one has stepped in. Crawford too, but that’s just cause he’s an a$$…

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Him kissing Charles Barkley in the mouth was his reward from Stern.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Haha @ YKnot.. I was gonna “go there”, but you beat me to it..

  • Towelie

    Wut a headlineer.