Whistle blower: Q &A with Ed T. Rush

Charley Rosen sat down with Ed T. Rush, the NBA's Director of Officiating, to talk about the men behind the whistles.

Updated: March 20, 2003, 3:12 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

Back when I coached in the CBA, I wholeheartedly believed that the resolution of virtually every game was inordinately dependent upon the referees' calls. Every marginal call that went against my team was nothing less than a personal insult. Referees were cops with whistles instead of guns. They were mere mechanics who scanned a game looking for mistakes. They were a necessary evil. No surprise, then, that for each of my six seasons as a head coach (Savannah, 1986-87; Rockford, 1987-90, Oklahoma ...

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