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NBA referees Javie, Delaney to retire, Bavetta stays

Sep 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

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Sorry Lakers fans. And Celtics fans. And the fans of the 28 other NBA teams that thought Steve Javie had it in for your team. You will not have Javie to kick around anymore.

After a few seasons of battling through knee issues, Javie is retiring after 25 years as an NBA referee, according to Ric Bucher at ESPN.

“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.”

Veteran official Bob Delaney also is stepping down, although he announced that would be the case prior to the start of last season. However Dick Bavetta, at age 71, will be back.

Right now a bunch of you are smiling and saying good riddance. But why fans hated Javie is he was one official unafraid to make a big call against the home team late in a game. Refs will not admit fans sway them, but it feels that way. Not with Javie.

And when you watch the guys that replace him, you are going to miss Steve. Trust me.

  1. westwoodwarrior8 - Sep 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    nope, we wont. trust me.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Javie was the best ref in the NBA by far. He will absolutely be missed.

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Best line came at the end: “Right now a bunch of you are smiling saying good ridance”…You’re damn right! And I was doing just that! Kinda felt creepy like you had a web cam on me LOL

  4. blueintown - Sep 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    The notion that referees have personal vendettas against particular teams is preposterous…unless you’re talking about Hue Hollins, who totally got his rocks off by screwing the Bulls over.

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