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Posted Dec 19 2005 1:22PM
2005-06 NBA Officials Fast Facts
• Joe Crawford’s brother is veteran Major League Baseball umpire Jerry Crawford, and he is the son of retired Major League Baseball umpire Shag Crawford.
• Joe Forte is the only official ever to have worked a high school state championship, a NCAA championship, an Olympic Gold Medal game and an NBA Finals game.
• Bernie Fryer played in the NBA for two seasons, averaging 6.2 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds with the Portland Trail Blazers (1973-74) and New Orleans Jazz (1974-75). He was named to the Second All-Rookie Team in 1974.
• Michael Henderson was drafted in the 1984 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks in the 10th Round and played professional basketball in Italy, Spain and Puerto Rico.
• Steve Javie’s father, Stan, was a NFL official for 30 years and officiated four Super Bowls, and his godfather, Johnny Stevens, was an American League Umpire for 25 years and worked in multiple World Series games.
• Courtney Kirkland created the Kennedy Leigh Kirkland Memorial Scholarship Fund in May of 2004 to assist devoted, dedicated and hard working children in preparation for college.
• Leroy Richardson served 12 years in the United States Navy (May 1982 - January 1994). He was the 1991 and 1992 Tactragrulant sailor of the year in Dam Neck,VA.
• Leon Wood played professionally in the NBA with Philadelphia,Washington, New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta and Sacramento, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds as a guard during his six-year NBA career.
• Youngest Official: Zach Zarba at 30 years-old (April 29, 1975)
• Oldest Official: Jack Nies at 67 years-old (November 11, 1937)
• Most NBA Playoffs Experience: Joe Crawford, 252 games
• Most NBA Finals Experience: Joe Crawford, 36 games