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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:42

NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Retires After 39 Years

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Dick Bavetta, 74, has officially retired from the NBA after 39 years as a referee. He never missed a game in his career, reffing 2,635 straight games from 1975-2014. 

Dick Bavetta refereed 270 playoffs games and 27 NBA Finals games. 

He was widely known as one of the most popular refs in the league because of his streak of games and being seemingly in incredible shape at an old age. 

Bavetta said in a statement, "I am most proud of never having missed an assigned game, be it exhibition, regular season or playoffs, throughout my entire career. It really has been a great run."

Many people around the league are happy with the job Bavetta did for so long.

NBA president Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Dick's dedication and commitment to his craft has been an inspiration to all NBA officials. We are grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement."

With the good comes the bad, and Bavetta wasn't without his supposed faults too. 

He was known for keeping games close, as he has been accused in the past of fixing games by calling much more fouls for the losing team when the game wasn't close. 

Former NBA official, Tim Donaghy, told CLNS Radio:

Bavetta was the master at giving the NBA what they wanted, big market teams advancing to pad the bottom line. He proclaimed himself to be the NBA's go-to-guy.               -Tim Donaghy

Bavetta was also known to have a little fun, like when he raced and kissed Charles Barkey on All-Star weekend in 2007.


Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas is the Red Sox Beat Team Manager and a member of the Boston Celtics beat team for CLNS Radio. Jess is a co-host on CLNS Radio's Red Sox Beat Podcast as well as a contributor to Celtics Postgame Shows.

Jess currently is a Celtics Production Assistant at the official home of Boston Celtics telecasts, Comcast Sports Net New England.

Jess also currently writes for the MetroWest Daily News.

Previously, Jess was General Manager for Framingham State University's radio station, WJDM 91.3 FM, as well as sports editor for FSU's newspaper, the Gatepost.

Prior to joining CLNS Radio, Jess was an intern at CSNNE as well as WCVB.

Jess is a 2014 graduate of Framingham State University, with a degree in Communication Arts.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @CLNS_JessSayin