The truth about refereeing in the NBA

The truth about the NBA's referees is that you have no clue about what they do. Honestly.

Updated: April 16, 2003, 3:20 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

Joey Crawford, Nolan Fine and Violet Palmer have commandeered a corner of the bar for a late-night meal in a Sea-Tac hotel lobby lounge. They've got one eye on their plates of food, one eye on the TV screen above their heads, one ear on their conversation and one ear saved for their cell phones. When you're a referee, you're used to having your senses working in different directions.

Highlights of their game that night, Miami at Seattle, appear on the TV screen. Conversation stops. All eyes ...

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