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Danny Crawford (born November 23, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford, made his 23rd straight NBA Finals appearance in Game 1 of the 2017 Finals.[1] Crawford has been an NBA referee since 1985 and has worked at least one NBA Finals game each season since 1995.[2]

Danny Crawford
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Crawford in 2012
Born (1953-11-23) November 23, 1953 (age 65)
OccupationNBA Referee
Spouse(s)Claudia
Children2 including Drew

Crawford grew up in East Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago. He attended Ryerson Elementary School and was a basketball star at the now defunct Cregier High School.[2] In 1976, Crawford graduated from Northeastern Illinois University.[3] As a guard, Crawford played hoops for NEIU, averaging 18 points as a sophomore. He majored in physical education, with hopes of becoming a gym teacher. Officiating was something he did on the side, for rec games and intramurals, to make a little extra cash while he was a student-teacher. He began to take it seriously in the late 1970s. He started with high schools, then junior college, and then Division 1 college basketball, where he officiated games in the Missouri Valley Conference.[2] Crawford's first NBA game came in the 1984–85 season. In 2016, Crawford officiated his third NBA All-Star Game.[4]

Crawford's son, Drew, is a professional basketball player.[5]

On August 2, 2017, Crawford retired.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kopf, Dan (June 3, 2017). "There is another star in the NBA Finals who has LeBron James beat". qz.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Breen, Justin (August 5, 2013). "Danny Crawford: NBA Official Pays Homage to Slain NEIU Athletic Director". dnainfo.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Noteworthy at Northeastern: A pair of prestigious awards". neiu.edu. February 19, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Johnson, K.C. (February 14, 2016). "All-Star Game assignment never gets old for Chicago ref Danny Crawford". ChicagoTribune.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "NU Sports – Drew Crawford – 2013–14". nusports.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dan Crawford, one of the most accomplished referees in NBA history, is retiring". Retrieved August 2, 2017.