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  1. Video: LeBron gets called for a technical for… I’m not sure

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Jeffery Taylor, LeBron James

    I was watching at home when this play happened and I rewound it about five times trying to see whatever the referee that called the technical saw, and I was stumped. The broadcasters were stumped and confused. LeBron James is bringing the ball up court and the Bobcats, in a very Bobcats way, seem to…

  2. Winderman: Replay officials in NBA — an idea whose time has come

    Oct 23, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA referees instant replay

    The comment came during one of those informal pregame chats NBA referees have been conducting with the media over the past month. “I think that replay is only going to be growing,” the veteran referee said. He wasn’t commenting on whether it was a good thing or otherwise, but rather that it was an inevitable…

  3. Referees to enforce “Reggie Miller rule” on shooters trying to draw fouls

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    You know the play were are talking about — the jump shooter goes up and gets his shot off as the defender comes out to challenge the shot, then just as the defender arrives the shooter kicks his legs forward, makes contact with the defender and goes down like he was shot. It’s about trying…

  4. Winderman: New NBA head of officials doesn’t mean change, technology does

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    NBA-referees-

    Since the Tim Donaghy fiasco, we’ve had the NBA offer up a former referee and a retired two-star U.S. Army general to oversee officiating. Now, former NBA player Mike Bantom, a long-time NBA executive, takes over. Granted, Ronnie Nunn (the former referee) and Ronald Johnson (the retired general), mostly remained in the background as officiating…

  5. NBA referees Javie, Delaney to retire, Bavetta stays

    Sep 16, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    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…

  6. NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal. The bad news is it’s with the referees. We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot…

  7. NBA referees without a contract with the league, too

    Sep 10, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    I know what you’re saying. You read that headline and said, “Good riddance. I could do a better job than those slobs the NBA hires as referees.” Which means you forgot about the preseason of 2009, when we dealt with replacement referees. Remember how we watched the wildly inconsistent calls from these temp workers, calls…

  8. David Stern suggests replay official, challenges in NBA future

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    I’d like to think David Stern is a huge PBT fan, read Ira Winderman’s post this week and said “that’s a good idea.” But that’s probably not how it went down. Still… Every year with the playoffs comes the rise in complaints from coaches, fans and players about officiating. Those complaints are usually misguided —…

  9. Winderman: NBA should have replay official for playoffs

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Before each playoff game, four referees enter their locker room. Only three emerge. The fourth is in attendance in case of injury, a smart move by the league with so much at stake. The greater issue, especially in light of some egregious officiating errors this postseason, is why not utilize that fourth pair of eyes?…

  10. Referee race bias study back in news, still not telling us much we didn’t already know

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Remember back a couple years ago, two researchers released a study saying that black officials called slightly fewer penalties on black players and white officials called fewer penalties on white players? Then the NBA league office blew up and went into full defensive spin mode — and likely won the public relations battle — saying…

  11. Steve Javie may have officiated his last game

    May 17, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Nobody really is sad when a referee retires. But they go through some of the same things players do. Steve Javie has been wearing the striped jersey out on the NBA hardwood for 24 years. He’s been in the middle of 18 NBA Finals games. Fans in a lot of cities thought he was out…

  12. Ref Steve Javie oddly absent from the playoffs

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Officiating in the NBA is an impossible task, and referees who are able to earn respect are generally seen in one of two ways: Opportunists whose mediocrity is rewarded by how many referees fail to do the impossible.  Legitimately good at what they do, even if there’s a certain futility to it. For Steve Javie,…

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