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In his 10th season, Fitzgerald has been chosen as one of 12 officials to work the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. "Any referee worth his salt wants to referee in the NBA Finals," Fitzgerald told North and the USA TODAY Network New Jersey in a phone interview Wednesday. It’s very humbling."The NBA Referee Operations management team selected Finals officials based on each referee's performance in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
Every official was evaluated following each round to determine advancement.
Outside of their presence in the box scores linked to above, a short (and mostly unnoticed) blog post from the NBA.com's great longtime league follower Scott Howard-Cooper regarding their consideration from last July, and a short anecdote by the just-as-great Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the hirings have been mostly overlooked.
) and didn't notice Holtcamp's presence until skimming the box scores later in the weekend.[More NBA: James Harden determined to make Houston Rockets a playoff contender]" data-reactid="24"Good news throughout, but we should point out that the mere mention of Violet Palmer's name is sure to put both Holtkamp and Pantoja on iffy standing with the slower-thinking members of the NBA's fandom, initially at least.
Palmer is not the worst referee by any stretch, but her visibility, novelty, and growing amount of dodgy calls in the presence of 30 NBA fan bases has won the movement its fair share of detractors.
Of course, this isn't really a "movement." This is just an acknowledgement by the NBA that Holtkamp and Pantoja are ready for the job.And, based on the (non) reaction in NBA circles during the Bulls and Hawks wins over their opening weekend, it appears as if they've adapted nicely so far during their rookie regularly scheduled heckling from afar." data-reactid="29"And credit the NBA, no stranger to patting itself on the back, for treating the hiring as a non-story.We're treating their non-story as a story, as we now resume our regularly scheduled heckling from afar. Sports Minute:" data-reactid="30"Other popular content on the Yahoo!Palmer is not a good NBA referee, but because she was a groundbreaker in joining the league with Kantner back in 1997, she has unfortunately become the NBA's most celebrated bad referee.Even more visible types like Joey Crawford and Dick Bavetta — though loathed in many fan circles — are grudgingly acknowledged as fine referees by grumbling NBA fans even after being shouted down as bums just a second before.When he was about 22, Fitzgerald decided he wanted to pursue refereeing full time. "She’s the rock who holds everything together for our family.The NBA was the ultimate goal."I was always a huge fan of the NBA growing up," Fitzgerald said. I would say most of the credit goes to her in that department."Fitzgerald, who gave Le Bron James his first career ejection in 2017, says he still experiences nerves before assignments.His father, Tom, has been an referee in New Jersey for 45 years and taught his son the job. He first was a member of Board 168, mostly refereeing freshman and junior varsity games in Morris, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties. He spent four years working NBA G-League games and two officiating WNBA contests. Now he lives a peripatetic life, criss-crossing the country on around 120 flights each year and spending close to 140 nights in a hotel.Soon he was working AAU and men's league contests at Hoops Heaven in Whippany. "I wouldn’t be able to do it without my wife," Fitzgerald said.The league just handed out promotions to two D-League veterans that it thought were worthy of an NBA gig.No post from the NBA.com's great longtime league follower Scott Howard-Cooper regarding their consideration from last July, and a short anecdote by the just-as-great Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the hirings have been mostly overlooked.