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Report: Longtime referee Dick Bavetta retiring

Jul 30, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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The NBA was reportedly trying to nudge Dick Bavetta into retirement in 2010.

But the referee – famous for his race with Charles Barkley – returned and continued his stories career.

Four years later, Bavetta is apparently ready to hang ‘em up.

Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee:

https://twitter.com/ailene_voisin/status/494246609882841089

It’s fitting Bavetta reffed four years longer than the league wanted. It just helps preserve my memory him as stubborn.

But, for better or worse, he was also a character, and if he’s retiring, the NBA loses part of its personality.

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