Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  14 responses

Replacement Refs: 2 Were Previously Fired

Evidently, it’s slim pickings out there for replacement officials: “Two referees who were fired by the N.B.A. have been asked to officiate games while the league navigates a labor standoff with its regular referees. The two former referees, Michael Henderson and Robbie Robinson, are among 44 replacements invited to attend training camp this week, according to a list obtained by The New York Times. Both men were fired earlier this decade.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    So what? Are you going to be that picky? Either hire them, or hire me =)

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    Surely there are humans capable of reffing NBA games who haven’t previously been fired by the NBA.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Timothy “Tim” Donaghy

  • Josh D

    Could be worse, they could’ve invited Tim Donaghy back

  • Brian

    Nothing but the best for the NBA fans. Come on out and get your $27 hot dog and water while you’re at it.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    Obviously it’s not what you know. It’s who you know.

  • http://fjdklf.com Jukai

    Can I also make a Tim Donaghy joke?

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

    Can I repeat Jukai’s Tim Donahy joke?

  • ab_40

    this decade?

    so they replace old refs with older refs, nice move NBA

  • Bobby

    Don’t the Mavs keep stats on all the league refs? The standoff will make things difficult for them, though I guess they have stats for at least 2 guys…

  • Mike S
  • vic21

    Current refs suck anyway so…

  • MikeF

    Thing about the NBA is, even though this might be a good time to try something like a four/five ref system or to consider expanding instant replay, all they’ll do is prove how very very stubborn and mired in tradition they are.

  • chintao

    It would have made my day if the first scab ref’s given name had been “Hendin”.