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Unforgettable Legends: Dick Bavetta
Inolvidables Leyendas: Dick Bavetta


BASKETBALL UNFORGETTABLE LEGENDS: DICK BAVETTA

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Dick Bavetta (born December 10, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is a professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the 1975-76 NBA season.

Throughout his thirty-two seasons in the NBA, he has never missed an assigned game and as of the beginning of the 2006-07 NBA season, has worked 2,164 regular season and 228 playoff games, including 24 NBA Finals games. He currently holds the league record for most officiated games.

Bavetta attended Power Memorial High School in New York City and is a 1962 graduate of Saint Francis College in New York and played on the schools' basketball teams. He got into officiating after his brother, Joe , convinced him it would be an area of interest to him.

As a Wall Street broker for Solomon Brothers with an MBA in finance, Bavetta began officiating games played by fellow brokers in the Wall Street League played at New York's Downtown Athletic Club and later worked high school games.

For ten years, he officiated Public and Catholic High School leagues in New York and later nine years in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, which later became the Continental Basketball Association. Bavetta was hired by the NBA in 1975 following the retirement of Mendy Rudolph.

Bavetta was one of three referees for the Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Kings and the Lakers. Former referee Tim Donaghy has alleged that at least one of the referees working this game had subjective motives for wanting the Lakers to defeat the Kings, and made officiating calls to effectuate this outcome. The NBA has not permitted Bavetta to speak publicly regarding the incident, though The New York Times reported on June 12, 2008 that the FBI is investigating allegations that Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals had been manipulated to further the series to a seventh game. Even the television announcers commented on how obvious it was that the fix was in.

In a 2002 article, Bill Simmons named the worst officiated games of the prior four years, alleging that the games involved either extending a series so it did not end quickly or advancing a large market team for the NBA's benefit. All seven games named had been officiated by Bavetta.



Dick Bavetta Photograph: zimbio.com


INOLVIDABLES LEYENDAS DEL BALONCESTO: DICK BAVETTA

Richard T. "Dick" Bavetta (Brooklyn, New York, 10 de diciembre de 1939) es un árbitro profesional de baloncesto de la NBA. En sus 32 temporadas en la liga, nunca se ha perdido un partido asignado. Al comienzo de la temporada 2006-07 de la NBA, sus partidos arbitrados son 2.164 de temporada regular, 228 de playoffs y 24 de Finales de la NBA.

El 29 de diciembre de 2011 arbitró su partido número 2.500. Actualmente posee el récord de más partidos arbitrados en la NBA. Viste el dorsal 27. El 21 de agosto de 2014, la NBA anunció su retirada tras 39 años arbitrando y más de 2900 partidos consecutivos, no habiéndose ausentado en ninguno de los que fue asignado.

Bavetta asistió al Instituto Power Memorial en New York City y se graduó en 1962 en el Saint Francis College, donde jugaba al baloncesto. Bavetta se interesó por el arbitraje debido a que su hermano Joe fue árbitro en la American Basketball Association y le convenció para que siguiera sus pasos. Bavetta comenzó arbitrando partidos de la Wall Street League jugada en el New York's Downtown Athletic Club, y más tarde trabajó como árbitro de partidos de instituto.

Durante diez años, Bavetta fue árbitro de ligas de institutos católicos y públicos en New York, mientras que en los siguientes nueve años lo fue de la Eastern Professional Basketball League (posteriormente conocida como Continental Basketball Association). Bavetta entró en la NBA en 1975 debido a la retirada de Mendy Rudolph.

Bavetta fue uno de los tres árbitros del famoso sexto partido de las Finales de Conferencia de 2002 entre Los Angeles Lakers y Sacramento Kings. El ex-árbitro Tim Donaghy alegó que al menos uno de los árbitros de ese encuentro querían que ganaran los Lakers y tomaron decisiones arbitrales para que se efectuara ese resultado. El 12 de junio de 2008 el New York Times informó que el FBI estaba investigando el caso.


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