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09:36 AM ET 09.17 | NBA referee Steve Javie is retiring after a stellar 25-year career, ESPN.com reported Friday. According to the report, Javie is retiring due to an athritic right knee. The injury forced him to miss a huge chunk of the 2009-10 season. Javie returned last season and again was rated as the one of the NBA's top officials, working Games 1 and 6 of the NBA Finals. He also worked the Finals in 2009 and had a reputation among coaches as the referee they wanted to see when their team had a big road game.

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September 17, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Wow! See what lockouts lead to? Threads about refs. This sux!

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September 17, 2011  10:29 AM ET

He needs time off to train so he can beat Sir Charles in a race. No wait he doesn't need to train for that. He needs to work on his basketball picks. Nope strike is preventing that. He saved enough money downgrading plane tickets and has bought an Island in the Bahamas.

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September 17, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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He needs time off to train so he can beat Sir Charles in a race. No wait he doesn't need to train for that. He needs to work on his basketball picks. Nope strike is preventing that. He saved enough money downgrading plane tickets and has bought an Island in the Bahamas.

lol ah what decent employees they have working for the nba

September 17, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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The wrong official is retiring. Salvatore, Brothers, and Dan Crawford should be gone. Get some fresh, new, and young officials who are unbias...

Couldn't agree more. The NBA refs are by far the worst refs in any professional sports league. Year in and year out, college basketball refs outshine and outref the NBA refs. The NBA refs seem to be too comfortable in their tenure and don't mind making bad out downright biased calls. The league needs to keep their refs young, quick minded, and the minute they show any bias for or against a certain player/team they should be fired immedietly.

September 17, 2011  11:10 AM ET

1 overofficious jerk (courtesy of Marv Levy) down, quite a few more to go

September 17, 2011  11:13 AM ET

Will you referee overseas, Bro?

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September 17, 2011  12:07 PM ET

Steve Javie always let his personal feelings toward players dictate how he called the game. Good Riddance.

September 17, 2011  12:48 PM ET

Maybe he made enough this year betting on games he officated to be able to retire.

September 17, 2011  02:39 PM ET

MOST NBA refs have been making very poor calls. Some of them bring in there personal egos to the court, directly reflecting Stern's attitude.
Javie was one of the guys that was .reasonable IMO

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September 17, 2011  05:42 PM ET

So your retiring?how much did you get paid for throwing-lakers at kings-2002 playoffs?so the fakers could win,my friend........

September 18, 2011  01:57 AM ET
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Wow! See what lockouts lead to? Threads about refs. This sux!

I don't agree. This guy was a terrific ref in a league that doesn't have many of them. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

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