A couple of years ago, before a Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center, Dick Bavetta mentioned to me the number of games that he had reffed in the NBA.

It was an incredible number.

So last week before the New York Knicks game at the American Airlines Center I was walking out to the floor and I noticed Dirk standing waiting to head onto the floor. I asked him where his streak stood and he gave me the numbers in this order:

34 Years NBA Referee

2,334 regular season NBA games

275 post season NBA games

325 NBA exhibition games

During this streak he has not missed one single scheduled day of work. He has a perfect work attendance.

Bavetta sums it up “Yep, I just go to work everyday. I am blessed!”

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Comment by Lindsay on January 16, 2009 at 12:02pm
i think u have a freudian slip in the third paragraph! lol you said i noticed DIRK standing waiting to head on the court....u meant dick right?? bc i dont think dirk could possibly know dicks stats! :)
Comment by FJCruisinMavsFan on January 15, 2009 at 8:18am
lol Kym.
Comment by Kym on January 14, 2009 at 4:55pm
72 is the new 50!
Comment by ♥ღ♥bEcHä is an MFFL♥ღ♥ on January 14, 2009 at 10:57am
wh0a!!!!!!! he's 72, and still can run through the court with all this players???? I'm 16 and I d0n't think I can d0 that!!!!!!!!!! Just one question, do this ref have their assigned place where they are going to reffed???? It's kinda exhausting to travel especially when your THAT OLD!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Stevallica on January 14, 2009 at 9:55am
Wow 72 years old...Im just hoping I can reach 40!
Comment by Eddyin on January 14, 2009 at 9:40am
Comment by Danny Bollinger on January 14, 2009 at 8:56am
He is 72 years old.
Comment by FJCruisinMavsFan on January 14, 2009 at 3:16am
Yes, Eddyin, that's the guy who raced with Barkley. For an old dude, Bavetta is in darn good shape!
Comment by Darryl F on January 13, 2009 at 11:01pm
Sure, you gotta be tough to wear the mask of unbiased referee in the regular season and scale-tipper in the playoffs.
Comment by Jonathan on January 13, 2009 at 4:30am
That many games he's refereed and not missed one...amazing.

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