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Legendary referee Joey Crawford has announced that he will retire from officiating at the end of this season. Crawford, 64, has appeared in more NBA Playoff and Final games than any other active referee.
The 39-year veteran is recovering from knee surgery and hopes to return for his final playoff run this year. Via Delco Times:
One of the most recognizable figures in the NBA and an enduring Philadelphia basketball legend has made his most challenging call.
Joe Crawford, the official known for his passion and his professionalism, will retire at the end of this season, his 39th in the NBA.
“I’m done,” he said.
At 64, Crawford hopes to continue working in the executive side of the NBA in some capacity involving officiating. But the famous No. 17 will no longer be seen on the floor, making tough calls, threatening technical fouls, smiling with the coaches, enjoying the fans.