Preseason starts with 62 backup refs

Updated: October 1, 2009, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

With its regular referees locked out, the NBA is confident in its roster of replacements -- even the two it previously fired.

The NBA begins preseason play Thursday night with 62 referees. The league said more than half have officiated in the NBA Development League, and all but five have worked the summer league.

It also said the two with league experience, Michael Henderson and Robbie Robinson, were some of the best replacements available.

Realizing the scrutiny the backups ...

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