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NBA sets replacement refs camp

Posted on: September 19, 2009 11:13 am
The NBA has invited 45 replacement referees to a meeting in New York this week, the next step in the escalating showdown between the league and its locked-out referees.

According to an internal memo obtained by, the replacement referees will meet in New York Sept. 24-27. Among the potential replacements invited to the meeting is Michael Henderson, the ref who was the focal point of a showdown between the officials' union and David Stern in 2004. Henderson was publicly reprimanded and suspended after an inadvertent whistle during a game between the Lakers and Nuggets. The mistake led to the Lakers' 112-111 win.

In a show of solidarity and support for Henderson, his fellow referees wore their jerseys inside-out with Henderson's No. 62 on the back. The protest was an early test of the referee union's strength early in the tenure of Lamell McMorris, the lead negotiator who is at odds with the league over proposed reductions in retirement benefits and other issues that prompted the NBA to impose a lockout on Friday.

After McMorris told on Thursday that the 57 active refs would not attend the scheduled training camp in Jersey City, N.J., beginning Sunday, the NBA imposed the lockout on Friday and announced that it would reschedule the training camp with replacements. With preseason games scheduled to begin Oct. 1, the league faces the prospect of replacements refs working games for the first time since 1995.

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 7:31 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Can you say WWE smackdown Basketball?

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 7:28 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Maybe that was the intent of the officiating.  The NBA has been orchestrating what teams get to the play-offs and who wins for years. how will replacement refs make a difference.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 2:56 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Unfortunately, if they ever work any NBA pre-season or regular-season games, it'll be the only ones they work.  When the regular refs come back, the replacements, if they ever get hired full-time by the NBA, will be shunned, will travel, dress and shower alone and won't get backup help on calls if they need it.  That's the way their system works.  It may not be right, but that's how it is. 

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 10:51 am

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Hmm. Will replacement Ref's know how to call traveling?

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 8:08 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

I agree with you; replacement refs will translate into chaos for the NBA.  Will these replacement referees have the courage to face down an NBA superstar and give him a technical foul?  On the other hand, will they overcompensate for their lack of experience (as NBA refs) by trying too hard to take control of a game?  My prediction is that players will not respect these referees when calls are made at critical times in a game.  Fans are going to turn-off the television and ratings will plummet.  The media will have a field day with all of the bad calls that are going to be made.  Eventually, the league will give the refs everything they are asking for and more.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 6:15 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

its too bad this isnt the reform promised after the betting scandal involving t

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 12:49 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

I hate the phrase LOL. But man, you had me L'ing-OL!

Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 12:04 pm

NBA sets replacement refs camp

ignorance at its really think you have ANY credibility here? 

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 10:18 am

NBA sets replacement refs camp

Old refs try to take NBA hostage.  Bad move.  Old refs out, replacements in.  Union busted. Problem solved.  Tip to old refs- flying coach is not the worst thing in the world, many of us do it regularly.  I hear WalMart can always use energetic greeters.

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2009 5:49 am

NBA sets replacement refs camp

They also need to learn...

Whenever there is a good dunk, call a bad foul next time down the court so the TV can replay the dunk during the dead ball time.

Do whatever it takes to get the playoff series to 7 games.

Whenever a road team wins game 1 or 2 in a playoff series, make sure their superstar is in foul trouble within the first 3 minutes of game 3.

Whenever Lebron or Kobe plows over someone on they way to the rim, its a good hard offensive move, and a block foul on the defender that didn't have their feet set.  Whenever someone plows over Kobe or Lebron on the way to the rim, its an out of control offensive move and a charge because Kobe and/or Lebron always get their feet set.

Whenever Phil Jackson complains, calmly listen to him, give an explanation of the situation, and adjust your calls to apease his point of view.  Whenever another coach complains, promptly T him up.

If Paul Pierce misses a shot in the lane, he must have been fouled.

Elbows under the basket are legal by starters...but not by guys that come off the bench.

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