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  1. Refereeing the future

    Henry Abbott

    The NBA's competition committee is meeting this week, and David Stern says they'll be discussing profound changes to refereeing, for instance with a room full of officials reviewing calls off-site on video in real time. We asked one of the most respe...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  2. The first official floppers

    Henry Abbott

    Step right this way, Jose Juan Barea and Donald Sloan. There has been flopping in the NBA since the beginning, but you two are the first players to ever be officially identified by the league as floppers. The plays were fairly routine. Young Caval...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  3. Source -- NBA officials meeting, to vote on replay tweaks

    Henry Abbott

    The NBA's Board of Governors is meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday, and a source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com the agenda includes votes on several rule changes, especially expanding the use of instant replay.

    Story | Conversation | July 19, 2012
  4. Five for Friday

    Henry Abbott

    The referees are always a touchy subject, especially in the playoffs when little moments can have huge implications. As the games become more and more intense, officials are put in an especially tough position when players are actively trying to tric...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  5. HoopIdea: Rules that last all game

    Henry Abbott

    Sometimes being an NBA official is tough. But this time, referee Michael Smith had a gimme. About five feet in front of him, the Celtics' Kevin Garnett delivered an offensive foul combination platter to Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala: One part mov...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  6. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: Bench-gate, as it has been dubbed by some Mavericks officials, reinforced the thinking that sometimes an NBA bench area gets a little too cozy to accommodate players who aren't in the game and support personnel...

    Blog | January 12, 2012
  7. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year, $94.8 million contract extension, and the Bulls will make the formality official at a Wednesday news conference at the Berto Center, sources told the Tribune. "It's somethin...

    Blog | December 21, 2011
  8. Sources: Chris Paul talks continue

    Henry Abbott

    By Marc Stein, ESPN.com and Chris Broussard, ESPN The Magazine League officials representing the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers continued discussions into Tuesday night on a trade that would put Chris Paul on the same team with B...

    Blog | December 13, 2011
  9. Source: Caron Butler has four meetings set

    Henry Abbott

    From Jeff Caplan, ESPNDallas.com: Caron Butler begins a busy week Monday with at least four visits lined up to teams interested in signing the Dallas Mavericks' free-agent forward. Butler will visit with team officials from the Chicago Bulls on...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  10. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "The new N.B.A. labor deal is practically done. You wouldn't know it from the headlines, the dour news conferences or the apocalyptic rhetoric spilling from league officials. But the deal, in practical terms, is ab...

    Blog | October 31, 2011
  11. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: "In the first sign that NBA players and owners want to avoid a long lockout, the two sides have agreed to meet Monday in New York, according to an NBA source. It will be the first official negotiating session since ...

    Blog | July 28, 2011
  12. The King vs. the Custodian

    Henry Abbott

    Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Battling a sinus infection, Dirk Nowitzki needed all the help he could get. He got some from "the custodian." In the ant farm that is bowels of an NBA arena players, league officials, team staffers, media types and VIP fans s...

    Blog | June 08, 2011
  13. Reffing Game 3: Dan Crawford

    Henry Abbott

    A big fuss has been made about the Mavericks' poor record in games refereed by Dan Crawford. Indeed, some of the historic numbers are eye-popping. But now that the NBA has made the officials known for the Finals' Game 3, and Crawford is on the ...

    Blog | June 05, 2011
  14. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Randy Youngman of The Orange County Register: "NBA Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof, in his first public comments related to ongoing negotiations to move the Kings to Anaheim, reacted angrily Monday night after learning a Sacramento city official...

    Blog | March 29, 2011
  15. The players association's thinking

    Henry Abbott

    On Friday I spent most of the day in Harlem, talking with executive director Billy Hunter and officials at the headquarters of the National Basketball Players Association. Most of the substance of the discussion is in the resulting news story, in wh...

    Blog | March 23, 2011
  16. St. Patrick's Day NBA love story

    Henry Abbott

    NBA official Bob Delaney wrote a book ("Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob") about his time fighting the mafia undercover as a New Jersey state trooper. The book is serious, but includes a nice little Irish-American St. Patrick's Day anecdote: ...

    Blog | March 17, 2011