News

NBA ref Bavetta’s ironman streak hits 2,633 game

NBA ref Bavetta’s ironman streak hits 2,633 game

DICK BAVETTA:Referee Dick Bavetta (27) watches a free throw attempt during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in New York. Bavetta worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment Wednesday, an ironman streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA referee Dick Bavetta is working his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment, an ironman streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled.

Bavetta officiated the game Wednesday between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden, extending a streak during which he has never missed an assignment since beginning his career in 1975. He chalked up his streak to good health, a good work ethic he said all officials shared, and a fear of inconveniencing someone else if he had to take a day off.

The 74-year-old Bavetta has worked 270 playoff games in 29 seasons, including 27 NBA Finals games, three All-Star games and the 1992 Olympics.

Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games with Baltimore, when he shattered Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Man Takes Money, Jewelery From North End Store

Fresh
gun

Springfield Police are looking for a man that robbed a north end payday loan store Tuesday morning.

in Local

Post-Rioting Prayer Vigil in Springfield Tonight

Hands

Ferguson may serve as an example to improve police/community relations

in Local

Christian County Authorities Investigate Baby Death

Updated
medical

A one month old baby is dead in Kincaid.

in Local

Illinois Ebola Hotline Suspended

ebola

The number of calls to it has fallen sharply.

in Local

Abner Mikva Receives Congressional Medal of Honor

flag2

A longtime federal judge and five-term Democratic congressman from Illinois has received America's highest civilian honor.