Former Lakers and Heat center Shaquille O’Neal might not be playing anymore, but he still seems relieved to see one of the NBA’s longest-serving officials leave.
On Wednesday, the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) announced that referee Danny Crawford had retired.
The 63-year-old decided to call it quits after officiating over
“We were always two years behind catching up with all the stuff Shaq would do on the court,” he said. “Shaq was the most difficult big man to referee in the history of the game. He was so massive, so physical, so dominant.
“Players would just flop because they didn’t know any other way to guard the guy. We had to concern ourselves with whether they’re flopping or if Shaq was just knocking the hell out of the guy.”
Thankfully, they were eventually able to find a middle ground. But don’t tell Shaq that.