Past Nba Referee Assignments Crew


Tim Donaghy seems to think the game he once officiated is rigged. (Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press)

By all means take this with a grain or two of salt, considering that Tim Donaghy not only lost his job as an NBA referee but went to federal prison following an FBI investigation into gambling on NBA games. However, some fans are already under the impression that the league attempts to engineer outcomes to what it perceives as its benefit, and Donaghy’s remarks Monday will only bolster those suspicions.

“It’s a situation where they are going to try and get a Game 6 and open things up so they can create more revenue for the league,” Donaghy said on San Francisco radio station KNBR, hours before the Warriors were set to host the Cavaliers in a potentially title-clinching Game 5 of the NBA Finals. “. . . I think it’s dramatically important to extend this series in any way they can without coming out and fixing it.”

[Someone reportedly spent $133,000 on two tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals]

The 50-year-old Donaghy, who was an NBA referee from 1994 to 2007, said that going into Game 5, the league likely was to show referees plays that it wants to see called as fouls on Golden State. He thought particular emphasis would be placed on Warriors forward Draymond Green, saying, “You are probably going to see him in foul trouble again.”

Green’s suspension for Game 5 last year was widely viewed as a turning point for those Finals, in which the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the championship round. Green appeared to have been ejected in Friday’s Game 4 after picking up his second technical foul, but the referees conferred and eventually announced that the forward had been mistakenly listed with the first infraction, one they said should have been assigned to Golden State Coach Steve Kerr.

By jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the favored Warriors had threatened to make short work of the Finals, this after a postseason many criticized for being devoid of drama. Donaghy pointed to “all the layoffs at ESPN . . . based on the fact they signed an awful TV deal with the NBA and overpaid dramatically for it,” and suggested that the league would do what it could do deliver a more compelling product.

“I’m just telling you I’ve been in this situation before. I’ve been in these meetings,” Donaghy told KNBR. “. . . I’ve walked out of them with my crew and kind of laughed.

“And thinking to myself, wow, they really want the Lakers, or they want the Spurs, or they want the Cleveland Cavaliers to win tonight. . . . [Former referee] Dick Bavetta came out on occasions and said he was put on Game 6s to make sure Game 7s occurred.”

[The Warriors better not let the Cavaliers win Game 5]

Donaghy pleaded guilty in 2007 to two federal conspiracy charges, and he admitted to using his insider information to both bet on games himself, including some that he was officiating, and to pass on tips to a professional gambler in return for cash. He spent 15 months in detention, most of it spent in federal prison, and has since become an outspoken critic of the NBA.

Then-commissioner David Stern described Donaghy as a “rogue, isolated criminal” in 2007, saying, “I feel betrayed by what happened on behalf of the sport.” Donaghy said of NBA executives Monday, “It’s in the back of their minds at all times what’s best for the league.”

“I’m not saying the games are fixed, because they are not,” Donaghy told Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan on Monday, “but they definitely program and train these referees to go out on the floor, and look for certain things, to put teams at advantages or disadvantages, based on who’s up or down in the series.”

“If you’re going to advance as a referee and make that $75,000 to $100,000 a year in the playoffs, you’re going to give the league what they want. Because they are grading you,” he told KNBR.

Referee data is available for the 1988-89 through 2017-18 seasons.
Active referees are listed in bold.

RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ray AcostaOctober 20, 2017March 6, 2018
Brandon AdairOctober 25, 2017December 20, 2017
Bennie AdamsJanuary 15, 1996March 8, 2018
Pat AdamsNovember 4, 1995April 14, 1998
Bruce AlexanderNovember 5, 1988April 19, 2000
Steve AndersonFebruary 2, 2012April 12, 2017
Hank ArmstrongNovember 5, 1988April 17, 2001
Ron ArthurNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Suren ArzoumanianNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Mark AyotteDecember 5, 1995March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Mark BakkoDecember 7, 1995December 7, 1995
Brent BarnakyDecember 4, 2009March 6, 2018
Dick BavettaNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2014
Bruce BellNovember 4, 1995December 10, 1995
Gary BensonNovember 4, 1988January 7, 2005
Ted BernhardtNovember 11, 1988November 11, 2005
Curtis BlairOctober 29, 2008March 7, 2018
Mike BobiakNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Matt BolandNovember 3, 1999March 6, 2018
Scott BolnickNovember 5, 2010January 25, 2013
George BorgiaDecember 19, 1995December 19, 1995
Joe BorgiaNovember 4, 1988April 15, 1999
Eric BrittoNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Lorenzo BronsonMay 2, 2004May 2, 2004
Tony BrothersNovember 8, 1994March 7, 2018
Tony BrownOctober 30, 2002March 9, 2018
Nick BuchertDecember 16, 2009March 7, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Mike CallahanNovember 6, 1990March 9, 2018
James Capers Sr.November 5, 1988April 25, 1993
James Capers Jr.December 5, 1995March 9, 2018
Jim ClarkNovember 4, 1988April 26, 2009
Ken ClarkJanuary 6, 1990January 6, 1990
Ed ClarkeNovember 7, 1995November 27, 1995
Derrick CollinsNovember 2, 1999March 6, 2018
Sir Allen ConnerFebruary 5, 2012December 5, 2012
Keith CooperNovember 7, 1995December 9, 1995
Sean CorbinNovember 5, 1993March 9, 2018
Mike CostabileNovember 3, 1989April 20, 1993
Dan CrawfordNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2017
Ed CrawfordDecember 27, 1994December 27, 1994
Joe CrawfordNovember 4, 1988November 8, 2015
Mike CrumbDecember 3, 1995December 3, 1995
Kevin CutlerDecember 1, 2009March 8, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Eric DalenNovember 1, 2008December 28, 2017
Marc DavisFebruary 7, 1999March 7, 2018
Bob DelaneyNovember 5, 1988May 21, 2011
J.B. DeRosaOctober 18, 2017March 5, 2018
Joe DeRosaNovember 3, 1989June 15, 2010
Tim DonaghyNovember 9, 1994May 12, 2007
Tom DrakefordNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Terry DurhamNovember 5, 1988December 22, 2001
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ron ElisiakDecember 18, 1994March 25, 1996
Mitchell ErvinNovember 5, 2014March 8, 2018
Hugh EvansNovember 4, 1988June 13, 2001
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Kevin FehrDecember 5, 1995April 17, 2013
Nolan FineNovember 5, 1988April 14, 2004
Kane FitzgeraldOctober 31, 2009March 4, 2018
Tyler FordNovember 7, 2014March 9, 2018
Gary ForestMay 14, 2000May 19, 2005
Brian ForteApril 25, 2006March 9, 2018
Joe ForteNovember 5, 1988January 18, 2010
Scott FosterNovember 9, 1994March 8, 2018
Pat FraherDecember 8, 1995March 9, 2018
Bernie FryerNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2007
John FulliloveNovember 4, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ed GainesNovember 4, 1995December 9, 1995
Darell GarretsonNovember 5, 1988November 11, 1994
Ron GarretsonNovember 4, 1988March 9, 2018
Michael GlassNovember 7, 1995December 11, 1995
Jacyn GobleNovember 1, 2016March 9, 2018
John GobleOctober 31, 2007March 9, 2018
Marcel GodfreyNovember 4, 1995December 11, 1995
Jason GoldenbergNovember 5, 2016March 2, 2018
Luis GrilloNovember 8, 1988April 15, 2009
Roy GulbeyanNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
David GuthrieNovember 2, 2005March 8, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
John HeatleyNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Joe HendersonDecember 5, 1995December 10, 1995
Michael HendersonOctober 31, 2001April 19, 2006
Rusty HerringNovember 4, 1988April 20, 1991
Hue HollinsNovember 4, 1988May 12, 2003
Lauren HoltkampNovember 2, 2012March 8, 2018
Jim HuetterNovember 4, 1988April 21, 1991
Darrell HumphreyNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Steve JavieNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2011
David JonesNovember 4, 1989April 1, 2016
Lee JonesNovember 5, 1988April 20, 1996
Anthony JordanNovember 3, 1995April 19, 2006
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Dee KantnerNovember 5, 1997April 17, 2002
Bill KennedyNovember 3, 1995March 9, 2018
Jess KerseyNovember 4, 1988April 14, 2007
Jim KinseyNovember 4, 1988January 18, 2002
Courtney KirklandNovember 9, 1999March 9, 2018
Kipp KissingerOctober 31, 2014November 10, 2014
Marat KogutOctober 31, 2009March 6, 2018
Mike KromNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Karl LaneOctober 30, 2010March 5, 2018
Mike LauermanNovember 4, 1988December 10, 1995
Eric LewisNovember 8, 2004March 3, 2018
Joe LindsayNovember 3, 1995November 25, 1996
Mark LindsayNovember 2, 2007March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Jack MaddenNovember 4, 1988January 2, 1996
Tre MaddoxNovember 6, 2010March 9, 2018
Ed MalloyNovember 1, 2002March 8, 2018
Mike MaloneyNovember 12, 1995December 9, 1995
Mike MathisNovember 5, 1988December 16, 2001
Ron MathisDecember 7, 1990April 16, 1991
Ken MauerNovember 5, 1988March 6, 2018
Woody MayfieldNovember 5, 1988March 1, 1998
Keith McClellanNovember 3, 1995December 29, 1995
Monty McCutchenNovember 12, 1993December 14, 2017
Rashan MichelNovember 3, 1995April 18, 2001
Ed MiddletonNovember 4, 1988April 28, 1998
Paul MihalakNovember 5, 1988February 23, 1997
Rodney MottNovember 3, 1995March 8, 2018
Quintin MurphyNovember 7, 1995December 10, 1995
Matt MyersFebruary 4, 2012December 28, 2017
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Brett NanselNovember 3, 2014March 2, 2018
Jack NiesNovember 5, 1988April 13, 2009
Tommy Nunez Sr.November 4, 1988April 16, 2003
Tommy Nunez Jr.November 3, 2004April 26, 2012
Ronnie NunnNovember 4, 1988May 6, 2003
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Jake O'DonnellNovember 4, 1988May 9, 1995
Tom O'NeillNovember 5, 1989April 20, 1990
Bill OakesNovember 4, 1988January 29, 2000
Ron OlesiakNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2009
Larry OnuszNovember 3, 1995November 25, 1995
J.T. OrrDecember 8, 2009March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Violet PalmerOctober 31, 1997April 15, 2015
Brenda PantojaNovember 4, 2012December 1, 2013
Gediminas PetraitisNovember 15, 2014March 7, 2018
Jason PhillipsNovember 3, 1995March 9, 2018
Olandis PooleNovember 6, 2004April 11, 2014
Michael PriceNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Pete QuinnNovember 3, 1989December 4, 1990
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Phenizee RansomNovember 5, 2016December 27, 2017
Troy RaymondOctober 29, 2003March 13, 2004
Blane ReicheltNovember 4, 1988May 17, 2005
Derek RichardsonNovember 3, 1995March 7, 2018
Leroy RichardsonJanuary 12, 1996March 5, 2018
Randy RichardsonNovember 4, 2017December 23, 2017
Phil RobinsonFebruary 15, 1999February 22, 2011
Robbie RobinsonNovember 3, 1995April 17, 2007
Eli RoeNovember 5, 2005April 12, 2016
Nicholas RoeNovember 29, 2005November 29, 2005
Doug RoganNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Wally RooneyNovember 5, 1988April 25, 1993
Ed T. RushNovember 4, 1988April 1, 2000
Eddie F. RushNovember 5, 1988January 5, 2014
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Bill SaarNovember 5, 1988April 15, 1994
Bennett SalvatoreNovember 4, 1988May 9, 2015
Bob SchoeweNovember 7, 1995December 10, 1995
Kevin ScottNovember 6, 2010March 9, 2018
Lamont SimpsonNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Aaron SmithNovember 10, 2015March 9, 2018
Bert SmithNovember 7, 1995November 7, 1995
Michael SmithNovember 6, 1993March 7, 2018
Bill SpoonerNovember 3, 1989March 9, 2018
Derrick StaffordNovember 12, 1988March 9, 2018
Jonathan SterlingOctober 18, 2017March 3, 2018
Troy StevensonNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Earl StromNovember 5, 1988June 12, 1990
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ben TaylorFebruary 6, 2012March 8, 2018
Dedric TaylorNovember 1, 2013March 9, 2018
Jess ThompsonNovember 4, 1988March 13, 1991
Josh TivenDecember 4, 2009March 9, 2018
George ToliverNovember 5, 1988March 3, 2004
Scott TwardoskiDecember 12, 2009March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Don VadenNovember 4, 1988March 18, 2003
Justin Van DuyneNovember 12, 2013March 9, 2018
Vladimir Voyard-TadalNovember 5, 2016December 26, 2017
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Scott WallDecember 4, 1995March 9, 2018
C.J. WashingtonNovember 14, 2014March 6, 2018
Tom WashingtonNovember 9, 1991March 9, 2018
Tom WhiteFebruary 18, 1992February 18, 1992
Greg WillardNovember 4, 1988June 3, 2012
Allen WilliamsNovember 5, 1995December 10, 1995
James WilliamsDecember 14, 2009March 9, 2018
Kenneth WilsonNovember 3, 1995December 7, 1995
Keith WinfreyDecember 8, 1995December 10, 1995
Leon WoodNovember 7, 1995March 7, 2018
Tommie WoodNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2000
Barney WoodfieldMarch 3, 1990March 3, 1990
Haywoode WorkmanOctober 29, 2008March 9, 2018
Sean WrightNovember 4, 2005March 8, 2018
Mark WunderlichNovember 7, 1990April 7, 2010
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Lionel YatesNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Zach ZarbaOctober 30, 2003March 9, 2018
Gary ZielinskiNovember 8, 1995March 8, 2018

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