TAG: Dick Bavetta

NBA / Aug 20, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Referee Dick Bavetta Retires After 39 Years

Dick Bavetta

Legendary NBA referee Dick Bavetta has retired after 39 years of work. The 74 year-old Bavetta served as official in a mind-bending record of 2,635 consecutive games from his debut on December 2, 1975 through the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season. Read More »

We Reminisce / Jun 4, 2014 / 3:30 pm

We Reminisce: Shaq And Kobe Lead Controversial Game 7 Comeback Against Blazers

Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant

All anyone remembers now is how dominant Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were together on the Lakers, and how it all ended prematurely despite the duo winning three championships together. Before all of the glory, their championship run almost didn’t even begin. Read More »

Smack / Apr 10, 2014 / 11:45 am

Dick Bavetta Is Too Old To Help Zaza Pachulia Up

Dick Bavetta

During a stoppage in play in last night’s exciting game between Indiana’s second team and the league-worst Bucks, Milwaukee center Zaza Pachulia reached out to septuagenarian referee Dick Bavetta for some help to his feet. As you’ll see, Bavetta smartly decided against helping the Bucks big man to his feet. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Feb 13, 2014 / 1:55 pm

Phil Jackson Calls Out Ref, Dick Bavetta, On Twitter Over Trevor Ariza Foul

Phil Jackson

The Zen Master Phil Jackson watched the flurried finish to the Rockets-Wizards game on Wednesday night. The game was mired by a one-sided number of free throws for the Rockets (47 vs. the Wizard’s 16), culminating in a call against Trevor Ariza before the ball was inbound with 4 seconds remaining and the Wiz ahead by two. Jackson called out septuagenarian referee, Dick Bavetta, after he whistled Ariza for the infraction. Read More »

Smack / Dec 9, 2012 / 1:18 am

Blake Griffin Destroys Phoenix; O.J. Mayo Wins A Scoring Showdown With James Harden

Blake Griffin

With talent comes the luxury of not always needing to play hard. For the Clippers, this is a gift and a curse. The only thing they’ve really been consistent with this year is being inconsistent, and despite a recent four-game winning streak, their record is still a somewhat pedestrian 12-6 (before yesterday afternoon against Phoenix). L.A.’s on again, off again track record played out pretty convincingly in yesterday’s 117-99 win over the Suns. For three quarters, everyone outside of Blake Griffin (24 points, eight boards) was sleepwalking. Read More »

Smack / Apr 30, 2012 / 12:33 am

Andrew Bynum Ties NBA Playoff Record; Rajon Rondo Gets Ejected; Clippers Pull Off Historic Comeback

Andrew Bynum (photo. Jeff Forney)

The only thing seemingly happening more often than freak injuries through the playoffs first two days are blocked shots. We saw Roy Hibbert sending away all sorts of shots from the Orlando Midgets. Kevin Durant somehow had four of them. And Serge Ibaka was just… Serge Ibaka. But only one guy this weekend tied the NBA Playoff blocked shot record, and that was Andrew Bynum. By the four minute mark in the third quarter of the Lakers’ blowout win against Denver, 103-88, Bynum already had seven rejections and before the night was over, he not only had a triple-double (10 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks), but he had also broken the franchise playoff record and tied Mark Eaton and Hakeem Olajuwon for most blocks ever in a playoff game. Read More »

NBA, Video / Feb 14, 2012 / 3:00 pm

5 Great NBA Kisses For Valentine’s Day

Jan Vesely girlfriend

There are nine NBA games on the schedule tonight; if you have a significant other don’t expect to be watching as its Valentine’s Day. Turn off the game tonight and pay attention to your companion. Take it from someone who once made his wife a heart-shaped pizza, it’s the the little things that count. A kiss should not be considered a little thing though; it can make or break a quality date.

Perhaps you can learn some tips from these 5 NBA themed kisses: Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Sep 21, 2009 / 2:45 pm

The Biggest NBA Story That Nobody Is Talking About

Dick Bavetta

Of all the refs in the NBA, Dick Bavetta is by far my favorite. And not just because he almost beat Charles Barkley in a foot race. But because in his 34 NBA seasons, since 1975, he has never missed an assigned game. Unfortunately for Dick, he may be watching the start of the season this year from his couch at home. Read More »