Last Wednesday, the longtime referee Danny Crawford retired after a 31-year NBA career. The news were confirmed by the National Basketball Referees Association and noted the press that Crawford officiated over 2,300 NBA games in which highlighted more than 300 playoffs contest, 23 years working at least in one NBA Finals games and 30 NBA finals (The most for any referee since 1975). The NBA Referees official account posted on twitter a picture with the accomplishments of the referee. The referee worked in the Continental Basketball Association for 4 seasons and 8 seasons as collegiate official in the college ranks, including Division I. His first NBA game came in the 1984-85 season.
The 63-year-old Chicago native run three-decades with the NBA. In January 2016, Danny was the most voted as the league’s best referee when the corresponsal of Los Angeles Times Broderick Turner conducted an anonymous survey among the coaches and players. He’s been in the league for a long time and most of the teams respect him. He had told many stars to shut up but at the same time he knows there is an order and he gives certain players more respect than others. Danny gives a happy medium. One month later, he received his third opportunity to referee the NBA All-Star game.
He told the press it was an honor even though many players and officials don’t mind some time off at that point in the campaign, also that the recognition make his energy up and gave him a second wind. His long tenure and respect received from players and coaches alike will eventually earn him a place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Game. There are only 16 officials enshrined in the facility located in Springfield, Massachusetts, including the referees Earl Strom and Dick Bavetta.
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