Joey Crawford to Retire After 2015-16 NBA Season: Latest Comments and Reaction

January 2nd, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »
Longtime NBA referee Joey Crawford said Saturday that he's planning to retire following the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.

Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times passed along the news from the 64-year-old official, who's worked NBA games for nearly four decades. Crawford said he's still emotionally invested in the game but wants to get out before it's too late:

There's nothing to be sorry about. You know what happens? It's not that you lose your passion. I have that. That's insanity. But it just comes to the point where you say, "I don't want to make a fool out of myself." And it's been so good that I want to go out on a high note. I don't want to go out on a low note. I want to be in the NBA Finals, and I don't want to be reffing just for the sake of reffing.

Crawford, who's been sidelined during the early portion of the campaign while recovering from knee surgery, told McCaffery that he's hoping to return by March. He's also hoping his performance will warrant a return to the NBA Finals—he's already refereed 50 Finals games—and then he'll hang up his whistle for good.

"It has been a good run," he said ...

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