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!”